The disabilities and driving campaign workshop was held on 13 February, with key role players such as Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi , Caroline Rule (Rolling Rehab), July Masango (Tshwane Rehab), Eugene Herbert ( Master Drive) and Zain Bulbulia( Premier’s Office) Simon Rabothatha ( GPG Dept of Health) and Zaakirah Bhamjee (Helen Joseph Hospital) and Elma Burger( GG Dept Health).
The MEC challenged the team to implement to engage his Department on the policy and programmes that need attention. He said that practical interventions that will embed disability inclusion in government planning and every day community life are sorely needed.
He said that government should train more licensing examiners to be familiar with the specific needs of people with disabilities.
He stressed that SABS standards must be developed for adapted vehicles as well as crash statistics.
An information platform for lifestyle services that can accommodate people with disabilities to enable full and active lives should also be provided by Gauteng Province.
The MEC then took a drive in an adapted vehicle and was accompanied by Caroline Rule www.auto-mobility’s content developer.
The MEC realised impact of using hand controls and said “ this could happen to anybody at any time”