An overview of the literature on disability and transport

  • Published: Disability Rights Commission, 2003
  • Authors: Louca-Mai Wilson
  • Date Added: 14 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


To provide an overview of the literature relating to transport.


Broad review of literature relating to transportation and disabled people.

Key Findings:

  • The car is most popular mode of transport for disabled people in the UK – 90 per cent of disabled people travel by car, although only 40 per cent have a car in their household.

  • Whilst one third of the general public do not drive, 79 per cent of disabled people do not drive. Hence there is a level of reliance on others: 67 per cent of disabled people regularly travel in a car driven by others.

  • Schemes such as Motability rationalise government allowances and vehicle schemes for the disabled – Motability has almost 400,000 customers.

  • Reiterates findings of other studies that disabled drivers have similar RTI rates to non-disabled drivers.


Disabled drivers, transport use, car use.


Report contains only a small amount on disabled drivers and still less on road safety. However, it does demonstrate the importance of car use in transporting disabled people.