A woman’s application for a High Personal Kilometer Budget (HPKB) for Valys transport was rejected despite her severe disability. The assessment according to the indication protocol has shown that it is not impossible that she is traveling by train accompanied in a wheelchair.

The woman is mentally disabled, has diabetes and is struggling with vertigo and shortness of breath. In addition, she can no longer walk well, she is easily short of breath, she suffers from incontinence and she is not able to orientate herself well. Despite this, this turned out not to be a sufficient reason to get a high personal kilometer budget. The criteria for the granting of this are laid down in a protocol.

It has been decided herein that a person is first eligible for an HPKB if he or she has a WMO indication, mobility scooter or public transport -accompanist card. The second criterion is that use is made of a wheelchair or scooter of which the weight or dimensions in combination with the body weight are too large for assistance by the NS. Finally, the criterion applies that, from a strictly medical point of view, someone is unable to travel by train due to personal medical limitations of a chronic nature.

Right to support with Valys Guided There appeared to be a difference of opinion about this last criterion. This is because a doctor has viewed the file, entered into a discussion with the woman’s representative and has studied the information provided by her general practitioner. On the basis of this, he has judged that the woman is medically fit to travel by train. The court had no doubts about this.

The decisive factor here was that the doctor assumed supervision during the train journey and the use of a wheelchair. With her Valyspas with a low personal kilometer budget, the woman is automatically entitled to support with Valys Guided. This means that she is taken from door to train station with a Valystaxi, travels by train with the help of a Valys Travel Buddy and is then taken to the final destination at the terminal station again with the Valystaxi. A loaner wheelchair can be used for this purpose.

The woman’s incontinence would also not be a reason to allocate her a high kilometer budget. Sanitary facilities are available at the station. It was therefore indicated that the woman at a station, possibly with assistance, can use the disabled toilet.

More tax is not denied All in all, it has not become plausible that the woman is unable to travel by train with an escort and in a wheelchair. Moreover, it has not been shown that there is such a special situation that it is necessary to deviate from the protocol. The court does not deny that making a long train journey is not tiring for her and in many respects more taxing than transport by taxi. This alone is not seen as sufficient reason to make an exception. It is not clear whether the woman will appeal further.

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