The non-accessible period for rail replacement vehicles has been extended.
A Department for Transport letter explained how buses and coaches performing rail replacement duties can apply for exemption from accessibility requirements until December 31.
The period of potential exemption is subject to the conditions that:
- train operating companies must source and use compliant vehicles wherever possible in the first instance, only using non-complaint vehicles that has been granted a special authorisation when other options have been exhausted
- when no compliant vehicle is available train operating companies must provide alternative accessible transport for disabled passengers which offers the same levels of service as those for non-disabled passengers with no detriment to those passengers
- arrangements must be made in advance during planned engineering works to ensure alternative accessible transport is readily available
This exemption supersedes the previously released period of February 1 to April 30.
This extension has been given to potentially explore and devise a more ambitious timeline for providing rail replacement services that are fully compliant with current public service vehicles accessibility regulations.