Tim Deakin explains effect of Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations from January 1, 2016
Tim Deakin is routeONE magazine’s Senior Staff Journalist and chief test driver.
In his article titled ‘PSVAR regulations: Are you ready for PSVAR?’, Tim explains how single-deck buses used on local or scheduled services must satisfy the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000.
“These legal obligations are not as simple as making sure you’ve got a low floor and a wheelchair bay,” he writes.
“Coach and bus accessibility for disabled passengers is governed by the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) 2000, and the regulations include deadlines for when PSVs carrying more than 22 passengers used on local or scheduled services must comply fully with the numerous requirements laid down in it.
“For single-deck buses designed to carry 22 passengers or more and with a GVW of over 7,500kg, the deadline is soon: 1 January 2016, and it will be a criminal offence under the Equality Act 2010 (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) for those that don’t comply after that date.
“When used on the same basis, double-decker buses must comply with PSVAR by 1 January 2017, and coaches by 1 January 2020.
“Satisfying PSVAR is not simply a case of having a low floor and a wheelchair bay. A host of other criteria must be met, and operators should be aware that buses built before 1 October 2000 may not necessarily comply with PSVAR without modification despite being low floor.
“In addition, there are certain duties placed upon platform staff which if not carried out could in extreme cases ultimately lead to prosecution for the driver or conductor.”
Read the full article online at the routeONE magazine website.
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