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Transport: Public Address Systems

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they publish about the clarity of public address systems on modes of transport.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Requirements for clarity in public announcements at stations are set out in the Accessible Train Station Design for Disabled People Code of Practice and in guidance on writing a disabled persons' protection policy for rail operator franchises, both published by the Department for Transport.

Statutory Instrument 1990 No. 660, the Merchant Shipping (Emergency Information for Passengers) Regulations 1990, sets out a requirement for public address systems for all ships certified to carry more than 20 passengers.

In addition, there are requirements under the Persons for Reduced Mobility Technical Specifications (PRM TSI) for Interoperability for trains, but these are not published in guidance by the Department for Transport.

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