Making Public Transport More Accessible for Disabled Passengers

Media Release

WT103/2014

02 July 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss is encouraging anyone with an interest in disability access to comment on a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.

The deadline for submissions is 14 July 2014.

Mr Truss said that the Transport Standards aim to recognise that access to public transport enables people with disabilities to more fully participate in the workforce and community life.

“These standards, which operate under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, are an important piece of legislation for public transport operators and providers and are designed to remove barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from being full participants in our society,” Mr Truss said.

“While especially important for people with disabilities, accessible public transport benefits all Australians, including older citizens and parents with prams.”

Mr Truss said the 2014 public submissions process will give customers, people with disabilities, community organisations and public transport providers a fresh opportunity to review the Transport Standards and engage to make them relevant to modern needs.

“Greater customer insight and engagement with the issues faced by people with disability will work towards eliminating barriers, including discrimination,” he said.

“Comments on the review will help the Government to deliver a more thorough final report that addresses important issues and encourages productive working relationships between jurisdictions, industry and the disability sector.

“Ultimately, a more accessible public transport system will mean greater participation by people with disability and a more inclusive and productive society to the benefit of all Australians.”

Details of the review are available on the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/transportstandards until 14 July 2014.