Bus travel improvements
Disabled people and those with mobility problems won new rights on 15th February 2011, for travelling on buses and coaches within the European Union. This will help many blind and partially sighted people access public transport more easily.
The following regulations will come into force in 2013:
- Accessible travel information – before and during the journey.
- Mandatory disability awareness training for all drivers who undertake journeys over 250 kilometres.
- Compensation for damaged assistive equipment, such as wheelchairs.
- Information about passengers’ rights will be available in terminals and online.
UK charities are celebrating this success after a strong campaign led in this country by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Sense, Age UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Guide Dogs, Radar and RNID.
Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg approved this Regulation, which will come into force in 2013.
Posted on 2 March 2011, in UK legislation
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