Railways: Disability

(asked on 31st October 2017) - View Source

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to guarantee the rights of disabled rail passengers following the UK's exit from the EU.

Answered by
Baroness Sugg Portrait
Baroness Sugg
This question was answered on 14th November 2017

Under provisions in the EU Withdrawal Bill, EU law, including rules that enshrine rights for disabled passengers, will be brought into UK law. Any future changes to the relevant laws will be a matter for Parliament.

Many aspects of UK rail passenger rights already go beyond the minimum EU requirements. The Equality Act 2010 requires all train operating companies to take reasonable steps to ensure that they do not discriminate against disabled people. As part of their licence to operate each train operating company is also required to have a Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy (DPPP) in place. This sets out the level of services and facilities that disabled passengers can expect, how to get staff assistance and how to get help if things do go wrong.”

These protections will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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