...First and foremost, all parties need to know that all disabled persons, including the visually impaired, have equal rights as those without disabilities, as stated in Chapter 2, Persons With Disabilities Act 2008. As individuals, we would equip ourselves with ample knowlegde on the many ways to improve blind people’s standard of living and subsequently assist the blind towards better education and employment through right channels. We would raise awareness on the blind’s welfare among the people we know and influence them to support blind people. The government could establish a public institute for the blind, similar to public universities, to educate blind people in professional fields, such as law, accountancy, psychology and more, rather than just the usual vocational techniques. They should introduce programs providing higher retirement pensions and work incentives to the blind. They should propose disability discrimination law to prevent discrimination against the blind especially in employment. There are about 54,000 blind people in Malaysia, based on the National Eye Survey, but RMK 10’s RM22million allocation supported only 800 disabled entrepreneurs. Thus, National Council for Persons with Disabilities should advise the government to increase the amount of fundings allocated for blind entrepreneurs. They should jointly provide valuable resources to help the blind create viable business...
Ways To Improve Public Transport
Efficient public transport makes commuting less appalling for all and attractive to users. There are a number of recommendations that could improve public transport. While some suggestions may take much time to implement because they are expensive and complicated improvement measures, there are a number of inexpensive measures that could be implemented very quickly with profound positive impact on commuters. Some of these inexpensive and easy to implement ways to improve public transport are as follows:
Make Interchanging Easy for Public Transport
Since most public transport aim at linking areas that are outside a city to the city centre, it is also imperative to link outlying areas together. Doing this is beneficial in two ways. In the first instance, it helps people who shouldn’t be at the city centre but needed to pass through because the outlying areas are not connected together to keep off and, hence, reduce congestion at the centre. Also, connecting the outlying areas provide a backup for the public transport system in case of a problem which often happen.
Minimise the Number of Stops/Stations
Stops and stations improves the efficiency of public transport but there should be a balance between enabling accessibility with more stops or stations and reducing the costs of operation by increasing transit speed or ensuring trips are covered in time. Therefore, care should be taken to ensure that stops and stations are located on streets to balance accessibility by commuters on one hand and reduce operating costs on the other hand.
Lessen Traffic Congestion by deploying a number of Pragmatic Measures
Reducing traffic congestion at city streets could be done by implementing a number of strategies such as providing lanes dedicated specially for the use of public transport, deploying strict regulations such as parking and turn restrictions, and the use of innovative ideas such as queue bypasses or queue jumps. Another means of reducing traffic congestion is by providing feeds and data from public transport systems freely to commuters to educate and help them avoid areas of traffic congestion and, hence, improve the system through making users more informed.
Giving Priority to Public Transport at Traffic Signals
Giving priority to public buses and trams at traffic signals is an excellent way to improve the operating efficiency by increasing the travel time of these means of public transport. This could be done by deploying traffic engineering mechanism whereby a traffic signal turns green at the sight of a public transport at an intersection.