Disabled Access To New Public Transport Buses

September 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Sep2000, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p5
Trade Publication
This article reports that at the end of 2000, new buses used for public transport will have to be fully accessible to disabled people, including those who travel in wheelchairs in Great Britain. The regulations will apply to all new buses designed to carry more than 22 passengers used on local or scheduled services. The government also set out dates by which all vehicles must be accessible so that the goal of a 100 percent accessible public transport system can be achieved. For single deck buses this will be 2015 and for double deckers it will be 2016. Also included in the regulations are access standards for smaller buses and for high-floor coaches. Because of the operational difficulties in achieving wheelchair access to these vehicles, these standards will to become mandatory until 2005. However, a range of other access improvements will be required from the end of this year.


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