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A barrier is developing for disabled peoples' access to electric vehicles (EVs). None of the new EV carparks in malls and supermarkets have enough space for disabled people to access, nor are the EV chargers at a suitable height - they are usually up on the kerb. These are mostly 'new' carparks - why can’t they be done right?!
This absolutely frustrates me. How are people with disabilities not even a consideration when it comes to new transport technology?
There is such a big push for EVs from the Government, with subsidies for EVs and so on, but no one is considering the impact that these policies have on disabled people, who are already limited in their choice of vehicles depending on modification needs.
This is a story about the barriers many face. We're sharing it because we want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.