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Access for disabled people

The Department aims to improve transport provision for disabled people - whether as pedestrians, public and special transport users, or motorists - while also improving accessibility in public places.

Further information about what we are doing to make public transport accessible can be found by clicking on the appropriate heading below.  Each section also includes contact details for further information and queries.

Aviation and Shipping

Information for operators and disabled people on making air and sea travel accessible.

Disability Discrimination Act 2005

The Disability Discrimination Bill received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 to become the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport.

Buses and Coaches

Information for vehicle manufacturers, operators and disabled people on making bus and coach travel accessible.

Community and Voluntary Transport

Information on the operation of voluntary and community transport.

Research programme

Research into issues affecting the safe mobility of disabled and older motorists.


Information on the Railways for All Strategy, Access for All Programme, Rolling Stock, RVAR and Code of Practice.

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

Information for operators, drivers and disabled people on making taxis and PHVs accessible.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Advice for wheelchair and mobility scooters.

Pedestrian environment and transport infrastructure

Information on making transport infrastructure accessible including guidance on the use of tactile paving and advice for disabled pedestrians. Inclusive mobility document.

Assessment of accessibility standards for disabled people in land based public transport vehicles

A literature review was conducted to identify existing accessibility regulation relating to land-based public transport and gather any published evidence to indicate its effectiveness.

For related documents, pages and internet links, see the column on the right.