Bus companies ‘using loopholes’ to evade access laws | DisabledGo News and Blog


Public transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear. They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes to allow them to cut costs and use ageing, inaccessible buses. Access laws state that all buses and coaches have to meet the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) – which date back to 2000 – but coaches have until January 2020 to comply, while all single-deck buses have had to comply by January 2016. One of the ways that some bus companies have been dodging the regulations, it is believed, is by simply removing the hanging straps in buses, and placing “no standing” signs in their vehicles. This means they can call their vehicles coaches instead of buses, because there are no standing passengers. Another tactic is to block-book inaccessible buses for contracts to provide free school transport. Buses that

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