We all need to be mobile to enable us to carry out our everyday activities, at home, work or at play. Our needs getting around the house can be quite different to our needs getting around our local community or wider community when we may need to use a transportation system. Transport is absolutely fundamental to a person's independence. Whether using a car or public transport, without that access, the opportunities to get employment, to access education or health care, or simply to do all the things that everyone else does - are very limited indeed.
The adequate provision of an integrated public transport service is one of the key services that impact on the quality of life for people with disabilities and older people. In conjunction with the publication of the Disability Bill 2004, the Department of Transport published its Outline Sectoral Plan for Accessible Public Transport which examines public transport accessibility issues relating to bus and rail public transport, taxi services and airport facilities and sets out the way forward for a fully integated public transport service - accessible by all.