Bus companies get target accessibility wheelchair users are not

Bus companies get target accessibility wheelchair users are not

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The bus is for people in a wheelchair are often not accessible. The target since 2012 has been set at 98 per cent is not met by carriers.

That reported Fidelity Tuesday. According to research of DTV Consultants, the College for the protection of Human Rights on Tuesday the results to the public, was at 8 percent of the attempts in order to take a bus, the wheelchair user will not be included.

In half of the cases was a faulty wheelchair ramp the problem. Sometimes drove the bus and a few times refused the bus driver was a disabled person.


Since 2012, 98 percent of the buses in the Netherlands are accessible for disabled guests. That commitment is not met. Barbara Woods of the College for the Rights of Man says that they sometimes “distressing” symptoms.

“A person who, for twelve hours somewhere and arrived with the last bus to her destination had not been taken by the driver. Despite the fact that there advance called was refused the bus driver the rolstoeler. The woman in question was forced to a hotel to spend the night.”

In the study were more than 450 anonymous test rides with wheelchair users in public transport. At 14 percent of the rides was the assistance of the driver is insufficient, and at 7 percent felt the wheelchair user are not treated with respect. In a quarter of cases was the wheelchair ramp is defective, causing the wheelchair to the bus could not turn.


The research results show that the Dutch public transport is not in line with the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. That is since July of last year in the Netherlands came into force and that the government should take measures to enable people with disabilities access to public transport to ensure. In addition, the government must, to the greatest possible degree of independence for the wheelchair user to ensure.

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