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Disabled People’s Access (Public Transport) - Thursday 11th June

Gordon: The Minister’s colleague, the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Andrew Jones), I congratulate him on his appointment said at a transport event last night that his door would always be open. GM_Commons.jpg

I invite the Minister and her new colleague to start with disabled people’s access to buses, because the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Transport Committee have all said that the Government’s exemption of bus companies from mandatory driver training is not working?

The Government have ducked and dived on this: a review was first promised for 2014, then more evidence this January confirmed the disquiet, and this week I received a written answer telling me that there will be a research project a review of the review of the review. Will she use the open door that her colleague spoke about to stop the buck being passed for disabled people on buses?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Claire Perry): All our ministerial doors are always open to all colleagues. I invite the hon. Gentleman to focus on the fact that almost 100% of drivers have now received some form of disability awareness training.

We think that the future lies in providing public sector data, so that people can use an app themselves to make their specific journey. The cost of providing this across the UK can be prohibitive, but we will have 100% accessibility on all buses by the end of next year.

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