Creating common rules for public transport accessibility in the EU

10 April 2017  •  Author(s): Gunta Anca, Vice-President of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Chair of the Expert Group on Transport

Gunta Anca, Vice-President of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Chair of the Expert Group on Transport, explores how the proposed European Accessibility Act will affect persons with disabilities accessing inner-city public transport.

Creating common rules for public transport accessibility in the EU

What is the European Accessibility Act?

On 2 December 2015, the European Commission published a proposal for a law which is known as the ‘European Accessibility Act’1. Once this proposal is adopted, it should lead to common accessibility requirements covering products and services across the European Union (EU). Currently, there is no specific EU legislation on accessibility for persons with disabilities. The proposed European Accessibility Act has the potential to make several products and services accessible for all people in Europe, including 80 million persons with disabilities and 150 million elderly people.

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