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Investigation into legislation relating to transport for disabled people

The Transport Committee is to hold an inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people.

In 2009, the UK Government ratified the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities.

The Convention does not create new rights, but sets out the legal obligations on countries to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities in all main areas of life, including access to transport.

From October 1, 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Equality Act aims to protect disabled people and provides legal rights in a number of areas including access to land based transport services.

The committee invites submissions on the following issues:

  • The effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people: is it working? Is it sufficiently comprehensive? How effectively is it enforced?
  • The accessibility of information: including the provision of information about routes, connections, timetables, delays and service alterations, and fares
  • The provision of assistance by public transport staff and staff awareness of the needs of people with different disabilities
  • What can be learnt from transport provision during the Paralympics and how can we build on its successes?

Written evidence would be welcome on these issues from any individual or organisation potentially affected by, or with a view on, the current disability legislation.

The deadline for written submissions is January 14, 2013.

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