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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2005): Services for the Disabled - UK

DISABLED PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO TRANSPORT: A YEAR'S WORTH OF IMPROVEMENTS?

Transport Committee

London: TSO, 2005 (House of Commons papers, session 2004/05; HC93)

Report investigates if the entry into force of access duties under Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 on October 1st 2004 has made any practical difference. The Committee found that disabled people's access to public transport is improving, but very slowly. In some cases progress is only being made by bringing test cases before the courts. This is wasteful and the Committee suggests that the government should bring in regulations defining the specific improvements transport companies need to make. There is also concern that well-meant attempts to introduce uniform improvements often deny access to public transport to individual disabled people who have been travelling happily for some time.

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