Transport

The legislation not only covers access to buildings and the external built environment but additionally access to public transport; however, different vehicles have different timescales for adherence within the Equality Act (EA). There are also European directives, for example EC1107-2006, which impacts on access to flights and aeroplanes.

UK transport covers, taxis, buses, trains and trams. These are dealt with in a slightly different manner to the built environment and there are additional legal requirements for transport providers, such as the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000 and the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR) 1998.

We are all aware of the necessity for access to transport buildings, public spaces, sites and premises. What is less implicit, is how important having accessible transport is to the Lifetime Neighbourhood agenda and independent living.

All transport facilities and their surroundings are covered under the equality legislation and the public sector duties. The Department for Transport has been proactive in developing standards for inclusion, not only within buildings but also the immediate infrastructure and highways. This was, in part, in unison with the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC).

Established in 1985, the DCLG funded the establishment of an independent advisory group, DPTAC, who offered advice and support to the transport industry. Jane was a member of both the Built Environment Group (BEG) and the Education Group from 2002 until their relocation to CABE in 2007.

At JSA we are familiar with the complexities and varieties within the transport industry, having worked on airports, transports hubs and our work on DPTAC; we understand the guidance available, both generic and transport specific, as well as international implications for inclusive design.