Let's campaign on the move: legal stuff
Access to public transport, including trains, trams, ferries and taxis is covered by the Equality Act.
Service providers are now obliged to make "reasonable adjustments" if they are not fully accessible to disabled people. While the Government’s 10 Year Transport Plan makes "building in accessibility" a condition of all public money being spent.
Buses and coaches
All new buses and coaches must meet the requirements of the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000. These regulations cover wheelchair accessible spaces, priority seats, handrails and slip-resistant floors. It is a criminal offence for a new bus or coach not to have the relevant certificate demonstrating that the requirements of the regulations have been met.
Rail vehicles – trains and trams
“The Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR) 1998 applies to rail vehicles such as trains, trams, monorails. The RVAR 1998 require trains and trams to have wheelchair spaces, accessible door controls, accessible toilets and wheelchair compatible doorways. It is a criminal offence for a rail vehicle to fail to conform with the provisions of the RVAR 1998.”