Public Transport: Disabled

Transport written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what proportion of bus and train providers she expects to have fulfilled their accessibility targets by (a) 2010 and (b) 2020;

(2) what steps her Department has taken to encourage bus and train providers to meet the deadlines under Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 for accessibility;

(3) what proportion of bus and train providers have met the accessibility goals set by the Government.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Latest figures showed that 58 per cent. of buses were low floor and wheelchair accessible at 31 March 2007. This rises to over 80 per cent. in urban areas and 100 per cent. in London. The Disability Discrimination Act requires that all buses with a carrying capacity exceeding 22 passengers and used on local or scheduled services must comply with accessibility regulations by the start of 2017.

Over 4,700 accessible rail vehicles have been introduced into service since 1998 when the accessibility regulations took effect.

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ross warren
Posted on 21 May 2008 2:23 pm (Report this annotation)

This act is having an effect on Bus's and Trains at least in my region.