Access To Transport For Disabled People
HC 116, Fifth Report of Session 2013-14 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Access To Transport For Disabled People (HC 116)' identifies that 11.5 million people in the UK live with a recognised disability, with more than a fifth of them experiencing difficulty when using transport networks, and therefore concludes that it is essential the Department for Transport delivers an ambitious Accessibility Action Plan.
Changes made ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games delivered access for disabled people to significantly more parts of the public transport network, and highlighted the immense value of such improvements for all. Yet a year later there is a risk that some of the momentum from London 2012 is being lost, because further key accessibility improvements planned have been watered-down or abandoned.
The Committee's recommendations include:
imposing penalties on bus operators who claim to offer accessible routes but then fail to provide accessible buses;
the phased introduction of audio-visual information systems on all buses over the next ten years;
phasing out the need for disabled travellers having to book organised assistance in advance;
financial incentives to encourage investment in fully accessible vehicles by taxi and private care hire vehicle operators; and
a change to EU rules so that in future - airlines are required to allow carers to travel free of charge when the airline judges a disabled person incapable of travelling independently.
The Cabinet Office should convene a working group of ministers and officials to improve cross-government working on accessibility, in order to secure the full benefits to be gained from widening disabled people's access to employment and training, healthcare and wider participation in all parts of society.
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