Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
196. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which he plans to address the concerns of wheelchair users that the new buses being purchased to ensure that the entire public bus fleet is wheelchair accessible, notwithstanding the fact that they are compliant with UNECE regulation 107, are not sufficient for those who use a larger motorised wheelchair to accommodate their needs; the discussions he has had with the European Commission on this point and the need to change EU regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45884/19]
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for promoting the development of an integrated, accessible public transport network.
In light of the NTA's responsibility in this matter, I have forwarded your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.