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Passenger Ships: Disabled People

Transport written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Neil Carmichael Neil Carmichael Conservative, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether cruise liners are exempt from the requirement of EU Regulation 1177/2010 that disabled people should be able to be accompanied by their carer free of charge when travelling.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

EU Regulation 1177/2010 on maritime passenger rights, which enters into force on 18 December 2012, aims to provide disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility with the same opportunities to travel by water as they have in other transport sectors across the EU.

Where strictly necessary, carriers, travel agents and tour operators may require that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by a companion to assist with personal care.

In these circumstances, a companion is entitled to travel free of charge on a timetabled passenger service such as a ferry. However, no such entitlement applies in relation to cruises. So a companion travelling on a cruise ship would need to be paid for.

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