To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to issue a (a) derogation and (b) short-term dispensation for passenger rolling stock which is not compliant with the (i) Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations and (ii) Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability after 31 December 2019.
13 February 2019
The Department’s ‘targeted compliance’ approach to the upgrade of vehicles built before modern accessibility standards were established considers applications for dispensation on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. It has already issued 34 dispensations from standards in the Persons of Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability and 33 exemptions from standards in the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 for fleets which will continue in operation after 31 December 2019. Derogations against interoperability standards are issued by the European Commission in respect of newly designed vehicles and not by the Secretary of State.