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1998-04: BC Transit Pass Programme Change Request

WHEREAS the 1998 BC Transit Bus Pass for blind individuals contains name, complete address and other personal information on the front of the pass, thereby placing an already vulnerable population at greater risk, and

WHEREAS the BC Transit Bus Pass for blind individuals is subsidized from public funds, and the verification of legally blind status is obtainable from one's own physician, and

WHEREAS, unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, blind persons should receive publicly funded services in the same manner and from the same sources as other citizens, now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, in convention assembled in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, this 28th day of February, 1998, that we recommend that BC Transit Bus Passes issued from this date forward have no identifying information on the pass other than photo identification, the person's city of residence, and the person's province of residence, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NFB:AE recommends that BC Transit accept a doctor's verification of legal blindness as another acceptable means of establishing entitlement to a BC Transit Bus Pass, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that blind individuals be given the option of obtaining their bus pass at any location where BC Transit yearly bus passes are issued.

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