France considers new bill on public transport accessibility

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The French Council of Ministers was presented with a draft bill on 9 April which would help operators of public transport and public buildings meet accessibility requirements set out in legislation from 2005.
The 2005 law had set the objective of making all public buildings and transport accessible by the start of 2015. However, by autumn 2013 it was apparent that this goal would not be reached, and that new legislation was required to manage the delay.

Under the new bill, public and private entities not acting in accordance with the 2005 law can engage in a structured plan to make their facilities accessible as soon as possible, thus avoiding the penalties set out in the original legislation. The maximum timescale for urban transport will be three years, and for rail operators, nine years. Entities that do not engage in this process will still be penalised.

Some 1 000 'accessibility ambassadors' will be recruited through the civil service to help organisations carry out the improvements. The Federation of Associations for Disabled Adults and Young People (APAJH) said that the new law was the most realistic solution to make progress towards the goal of accessibility for all.

For more information, see Mobilicités (in French).

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