Requirements for transport services for the disabled and elderly considered with the clients

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2019-04-30 9:58

Preparations for Transport Services are advancing: At this spring’s second workshop at the Espoo Council Hall on 17 April, developer clients shared their ideas about the requirement specifications for transport service procurement under the Disability Services Act and Social Welfare Act as well as orientation instructions for drivers. The workshop was attended by over thirty developer clients as well as representatives of the Elderly and Disability Councils of the Western Uusimaa municipalities.

At the beginning of the event, the clients had the chance to test various vehicle types. The vehicles included a large and small car for the disabled as well as a regular car. The workshop involved enthusiastic discussion, and the requirements listed for drivers included properties like sufficient professional skills, understanding the needs of various client groups and familiarity with assistive devices. The transport equipment was also contemplated, and the safety of transport was considered a key priority.

All the client experiences and opinions heard during the workshop will be taken into account in preparing the transport service procurement. In addition, all clients of the transport services have the opportunity to express their views on the development of the services using the online form by 30 April. The form is available on the Transportations 2019 page.

Transport Services logo introduced

The new Transport Services logo and appearance were introduced at the workshop. The logo will also be used on the new Transport Services website, which will be launched later in the spring. The site will provide clients with information on the progress of planning and the implementation of the service. Clients can also subscribe to the Transport Services newsletter.

An introductory video has been made about Transport Services. The video briefly describes the objectives and principles of the services. The video can be viewed on the Transportations 2019 page.

Preparations continue

Preparations for Transport Services are advancing well. Competitive tendering for the operator will begin in April, and competitive tendering for the transports will take place during the summer. The developer clients will next be involved in the development of the client instructions, which will be worked on together in May. The developer clients will also get to test the service in the autumn, before its official launch. Clients will start transferring to the new service towards the end of the year. The goal is to have the whole of Western Uusimaa covered by the service by the end of 2020.