Accessibility

Policy context

The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s (DTTAS) Sectoral Plan, under the Disability Act 2005, is called “Transport Access for All - Easy Read Version, Full Version”. This concept is based on the principle of universal access to public transport which does not distinguish between people with disabilities and other passengers.

At the whole of Government level,

Between these 2 Strategies, there are 19 actions for which the DTTAS, its Agencies, other State Agencies and public transport operators have lead responsibility for implementing. These Actions are primarily public transport related.

 

Accessible Public Transport

New Infrastructure

Accessibility features, such as wheelchair access and audio and visual aids, are built into all new public transport infrastructure projects and vehicles from the design stage. Newer systems such as LUAS are fully accessible.

Existing Infrastructure

The DTTAS funds an ongoing programme of accessibility improvement grants to upgrade existing older infrastructure and facilities, which is managed by the NTA. This funds programmes to install accessible bus stops, upgrade train stations to make them wheelchair accessible and to provide grant support for the introduction of more wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) into the taxi fleet.

Funding

Budget 2018 included a multi-annual allocation of almost €28m for the public transport accessibility retro-fit programme for the period 2018-2021. The National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027 includes a number of new major public transport projects which will be fully accessible as part of the normal design. There will also be continued funding under the NDP for the retro-fitting of older existing public transport facilities.

 

The NTA provided the following information notes on public transport accessibility:

 

Accessibility Consultative Committee (ACC)

Under the NDIS, each Government Department has a consultative committee to oversee and monitor the NDIS Actions assigned to it and its Agencies. The DTTAS consultative committee is called the Accessibility Consultative Committee (ACC).

  • The role of the ACC is to monitor and review progress in relation to the implementation of their respective actions under the NDIS. The Terms of Reference are attached to this webage.
  • Membership of the ACC is drawn from organisations representing people with disabilities, members of the Disability Stakeholders Group, key agencies under the aegis of the Department, as well as other relevant State agencies.
  • Minutes of the 2018 quarterly ACC meetings are available at the bottom of this page, as attachments. 

ACC Work Programme

In addition to the NDIS and CES strategies, there are also a number of other Government strategies and plans which include accessibility related actions and commitments, primarily in the public transport area, assigned to DTTAS, its Agencies, other State Agencies and public transport operators. The DTTAS has consolidated all of these Actions and commitments into a new Work Programme, with 56 Actions, which forms the basis for the ACC’s role in monitoring progress.