Minister Criticised By Government ‘Disability Champion’ Over Third Access Exemption


By John Pring in Disability News Service.


The government has been criticised by one of its own “disability champions” after it granted the transport industry its third temporary exemption from access laws, so it could continue to use inaccessible vehicles for rail replacement services.

In December, it emerged that the government was allowing the industry to continue to use older buses and coaches for rail replacement purposes even if they did not comply with the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) 2000.

This exemption was granted until the end of January, a month past the legal PSVAR deadline of 31 December 2019.

Accessible transport experts had criticised the industry for failing to prepare for the PSVAR deadline, despite having 20 years to do so.


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