Project: Assessment of the Suitability of Scooters for Carriage on Public Transport

Reference: R140

Last update: 09/11/2006 15:48:50

Objectives

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the existing policy needs to be amended the contractor should produce, on conclusion of Stage 1 or 2 (as appropriate) draft guidance documents for scooter users and the public transport industries , and as part of the final report make recommendations, as necessary, about any possible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 .


Description

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.

Contractor(s)

MVA LTD
1 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LA
0207 612 3730

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £29,950.00

Actual start date: 19 October 2005

Actual completion date: 30 March 2006

Publication(s)

Carriage of Mobility Scooters on Public Transport - Feasibility Study
Author: MVA
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/tipws/cmspt

Summary of results

  1. The research highlighted a lack of information both nationally and internationally about the carriage of scooters on public transport and a key recommendation is that a further study of limited user trials be undertaken to inform policy decisions.