Project: Accessibility Regulations Economic and Design Spec

Reference: UG116

Last update: 05/03/2004 14:35:26


The purpose of this project is to review the results of previous research on ergonomic factors concerning the use of public transport by disabled people; to identify what additional research is required; and to propose features to be included in technical specifications which will inform accessibility regulations to be brought forward under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The project will also consider the economic impact of the regulations on both the bus and taxi industries.


The project started in March 1996 and is expected to continue until the final regs (for taxis) are made. Several drafts of a technical specification for buses weighing over 7.5 tonnes have been produced. The latest version is being considered by a Departmental working group which includes representatives of the bus and coach industry. A review of research into restraining wheelchairs on buses has also been produced and has identified what further work is required in this area. A report on the economic impact of the regulations on the bus industry is currently being finalised. Work on a similar exercise of the taxi industry was started in late 1996.


SAVE Transport Consultancy
St Aubins, Knockholt Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, Kent TN14 7ES
+44 (0)1959 533216

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £157,000.00

Actual start date: 16 February 1996

Actual completion date: 31 March 2003


The Public Services Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors & Passengers) Regulations 2002
Author: HMSO
Publication date: 20/07/2000
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The Public Services Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000
Author: HMSO
Publication date: 20/07/2000
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Summary of results

  1. The research provided information on the technical and economic implications of the proposed regulations that were being made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).