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Disabled People’s Access to Transport

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 provides that the prohibition of discrimination for disability does not apply to “any service so far as it consists of the use of any means of transport”. However, the act does cover transport infrastructure, and provided a framework for regulations on accessibility of public transport vehicles, which have now been implemented.

The Department for Transport held a consultation in December last year on the repeal of this part of the act, in order that transport be covered. The Committee is concerned that the there appears to have been little outcome from this consultation to date. 

The Transport Committee will hold a one-off evidence session examining progress of this consultation on:

Wednesday 19 November 2003

at 2.45pm Disability Rights Commission andDisabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

at 3.30pm Mr Tony McNulty MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The evidence sessions will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

Press Notice   39/2002-03   30 October 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk