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Transportation FAQ

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  1. Transportation FAQ

Do national car rental companies rent modified vehicles?
How can I modify my vehicle to meet my specific needs?
Who qualifies for a Person with a Disability Parking Permit and where can I get one?
What do I do if my parking placard is lost, stolen or mutilated?
Can my service animal ride with me in the airplane cabin?
Can people with disabilities board the airplane before everyone else?
How will heightened security measures at airports affect people with disabilities?
Where can I obtain information about the rights of air travelers with disabilities?


 

Do national car rental companies rent modified vehicles?

 

Yes. Most car rental companies will install hand controls. To find a list of different car rental companies that offer accessibility options, go to Guide to Renting a Vehicle.

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How can I modify my vehicle to meet my specific needs?

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website gives the consumer helpful information on evaluating your needs, selecting the right vehicle, and choosing a qualified dealer to modify your vehicle.

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Who qualifies for a Person with a Disability Parking Permit and where can I get one?

You may qualify for a Person with a Disability Parking Permit if your doctor certifies that you are:

 

 

  • Unable to walk 200 feet
  • Unable to walk without a brace, cane, or crutch
  • A person that uses a wheelchair
  • A person with respiratory problems, cardiac condition, or use a portable oxygen tank.

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What do I do if my parking placard is lost, stolen or mutilated?

 

You must replace your lost, stolen or mutilated placard by submitting a new completed Person with a Disability Parking Permit application and fee. Indicate whether the permit was lost, stolen or mutilated, and return any remaining items related to the current parking permit.

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Can my service animal ride with me in the airplane cabin?

 

Yes. Service animals are permitted to ride in the airplane cabin without charge. You must provide proper documentation or credible verbal assurance that the service animal is providing assistance to a person with mobility, visual or hearing disability. A service animal must occupy the floor space where the passenger sits and cannot obstruct an aisle or other areas that must remain clear for emergency evacuation. Quarantine laws may apply to certain destinations, and it is the passenger's responsibility to comply with all entry regulations.

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Can people with disabilities board the airplane before everyone else?

 

In the past, airline carriers were required to pre-board people with disabilities and families traveling with small children. Now, due to privileges given to business class and frequent-flier passengers, many airlines do not announce pre-board information for people with disabilities or families traveling with small children. Airlines recommend that people with disabilities inform the ticketing agent that they will need pre-boarding assistance.

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How will heightened security measures at airports affect people with disabilities?

 

All passengers are searched at screener checkpoints with the use of a metal detector. An individual with a disability must undergo the same security screening as any other member of the traveling public. If you are a wheelchair user and unable to walk through the metal detector you will be patted down or searched with the use of a hand-held metal detector. Service animals, assistive devices (e.g., walking canes), and carry on items will be inspected prior to boarding an aircraft. After being inspected, personal wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters may be used to travel to departure gates. For more information, visit their website at www.sath.org/index.php?id=2548&sec=859.

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Where can I obtain information about the rights of air travelers with disabilities?

 

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Transportation Security Administration

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Last Updated on 12/13/2017