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Disabled call for city bus accessibility

People attend a discussion on access to infrastructure and transport for people with disabilities yesterday in Phnom Penh.
People attend a discussion on access to infrastructure and transport for people with disabilities yesterday in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Disabled call for city bus accessibility

Participants at a discussion on people with disabilities’ access to infrastructure and transportation yesterday called for accessibility measures to be put into place for the capital’s public bus system.

The discussion was hosted by Handicap International and the Queensland University of Technology. Chea Bopha, chair of the Journey Access Committee, said that after more than two years of public bus service, people with disabilities still found it difficult to access the system due to a lack of ramps and cooperation from drivers.

“We are thankful for free bus service for all disabled people, but . . . we want to suggest they adjust some points to improve service,” she said.

Ean Sokhim, a municipal official who oversees the bus system, acknowledged its shortcomings but said that new buses slated to be introduced next year would have features to improve accessibility.

Meanwhile, Em Chan Makara, Disability Action Council head and spokesman for the Ministry of Social Affairs, said that with the government pushing to help the disabled find employment, it was time to prioritise transportation access.

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