Sectoral Plan for Accessible Transport under the Disability Act 2005
In line with a commitment in the 2008 Edition of Transport Access for All, an extensive Review of the Department of Transports Sectoral Planunder the Disability Act 2005 was undertaken in 2011/2012. Arising from that Review, the Department has now published a Revised Sectoral Plan for Accessible Transport.
While the Plan is generally reflective of the position at April 2012, progress continues to be made. For instance, all of the Dublin Bus fleet is now composed of low floor wheelchair accessible buses. Considerable progress has been made with the roll out of Real Time Passenger Information systems in the Greater Dublin Area, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and at Dublin Airport. A new Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets has been launched which, among other things, is cognisant of the needs of people with disabilities. An EU Regulation concerning the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport, including those with disabilities or reduced mobility, came into force in March 2013. Work is progressing towards improving transport provision in Rural areas. Accessibility will be maintained and, where possible, enhanced as part of this work. Also, work is well underway on the implementation of the Taxi Review Report. A Smartphone app has been launched which allows passengers to check the licence details of both the vehicle and the driver before they get in the vehicle and work to improve the ordering of wheelchair accessible vehicles is progressing.
In response to concerns raised by a number of people with disabilities, the Plan undertakes to explore the possibility of having accessibility incorporated as a key element of tenders/contracts for Exchequer funded transport services. It contains an expanded Roads Section to reflect the Departments remit in this area as well as a number of options for policy measures that could be introduced both in the short and slightly longer term. These include a review of the content and quality of training given to front line transport staff both in general disability awareness and in specific areas such as securing wheelchairs in vehicles.
A number of measures to increase monitoring and enforcement of existing accessibility provisions are also proposed as well as possible initiatives to improve the availability and accessibility of travel information available to people with disabilities.
While accessibility issues relating to the tourism and sports remits of the Department are not required to be addressed in this Transport Sectoral Plan, they will be addressed by the Department in the context of the forthcoming National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan currently under preparation.
English and Irish Language versions of the latest edition of the Plan are attached in MS Word, HTML and PDF formats. An audio format together with an Easy Read version are also attached. Other formats (Braille etc.) can be made available on request by e-mail to Accessibility@dttas.ie or by phone to Tel: (01) 6041274 or (01) 6041255
Click HERE for the plan in English (HTML Format)
Click HERE for the plan in Irish (HTML Format)