Last update: 09/11/2006 15:48:50
The project objective is to establish in what circumstances it would be reasonable for transport operators to allow disabled people using some models of mobility scooter to use the wheelchair spaces or other suitable areas aboard transport vehicles or to permit the carrying of scooters as luggage.
The research should consider the full range of accessible public transport vehicles. If it is established that the existing policy needs to be amended the contractor should produce, on conclusion of Stage 1 or 2 (as appropriate) draft guidance documents for scooter users and the public transport industries , and as part of the final report make recommendations, as necessary, about any possible changes needed to the PSVAR and RVAR .
Research is required to establish whether the Department's current policy is reasonable and should continue, or whether it should be relaxed so that guidance can be given to operators to permit some models of scooter to be carried, and if so, what characteristics those models must have.
A report will be produced which will be used to inform any guidance, if required, to scooter users and the public transport industry on the carriage of powered scooters on public transport.
1 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LA
0207 612 3730
Cost to the Department: £29,950.00
Actual start date: 19 October 2005
Actual completion date: 30 March 2006
Carriage of Mobility Scooters on Public Transport - Feasibility Study
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/tipws/cmspt