Project: Review of Kneeling Systems on Buses

Reference: UG262

Last update: 28/06/2007 15:23:53


The objective of this project is to evaluate current systems used on buses which can reduce the height of the bottom step, enabling mobility impared users to board and alight from buses more easily.

The project will deliver information on whether a permissive regime requiring the driver of a Public Service Vehicle to kneel on request, or if he believes it will be of benefit to do so, or whether an obligation to kneel at every stop is more appropriate. This is part of a a review of the PSV (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) regs 1990.


A literature review, including international sources, of the means of operating and advantage of different types of systems of 'kneeling buses'. Survey will include whether there is evidence of users being able to ask the bus driver to 'kneel' the bus; and effects on vehicle operations (journey times) and on the costs of provision and maintence of the kneeling systems

Maximum step heights are mandated in the PSV Accessibility Regs 2000; in many cases these are only achieved by kneeling the vehicle.


Transport & Travel Research Ltd
Minster House, Minster Pool Walk, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6QT
0154 416416

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £103,175.00

Actual start date: 21 June 2002

Actual completion date: 31 January 2006