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Railways: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of which train operating companies are fully compliant with the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Compliance with the standards of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 (RVAR) is a mandatory duty placed on an operator. Operators are required to maintain a safety management system that has been accepted by the Office of Rail and Road, and this includes procedures for ensuring that new vehicles comply with statutory requirements. For older vehicles, the Regulations contain a compliance deadline of 1 January 2020. The Department is working closely with owners and operators of older rolling stock to which RVAR applies to ensure that the deadline in met.

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