Bus Services: Disability

Transport written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will amend the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 to include audio visual announcements.

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

We currently have no plans to make audio visual systems mandatory as the business case for bus operators has not been demonstrated and the Government are unwilling to impose financial burdens of this kind on the industry in the current financial climate.

However, my hon. Friend, the Minister of State will write to bus industry representatives shortly to encourage further development of more affordable audio-visual systems for buses.

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