Since being VI and getting my free travel bus pass I've noticed a few things that don't sit well with me.
One is that I was lucky to be able to get an all hours bus pass unlike some of my other friends with Visual impairment and other disabilities. To my mind if one is of working age and has a disability which prevents them from driving then they should get all bus travel within working hours for free.
Instead in many if not most regions people would only get free transport after 9:30. In a lot of cases buying one single ticket a day works out more expensive than buying a weekly saver ticket (they're called "megariders" in Peterborough).
Similarly, if you get a disabled person's railcard you get 1/3 off rail travel, but ONLY if it's not a seaspm toclet. I can understand this for the other types of discount card. If you are a student or a retired pensioner then you are travelling infrequently, for the purposes of leisure or both.
However if you are disabled and want to work then again you have to work out whether it's cheaper to use your disability railcard or chepaer to get a season ticket.
I think it would also save the powers-that-be quite a bit of money if they were to make these two changes (in the case of the railcard offering to subsidise the scheme for the rail companies if they don't do so already. Many making AFW claims would instead turn to these solutions if they found that they could get to work conveniently.
There is also a need to inform businesses about the barrier to work for the blind and other disabled that putting "Needs a full driving licence" in a job advert presents. Back when I was looking for work and rang up to enquire about some of these the reply has simply been that the workplace was difficult to get to via public transport which with AFW doesn't necessarily need to be a problem.
Then there's been the ignorance of bus drivers about disability passes and their annoying habit of pulling away before everyone has sat down despite clearly having the knowledge that a disabled person has only just got on the bus.
So... what does everybody think. Any stories of ignorance from bus drivers or prospective employers?