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Bus Services: Disability Aids

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 34069, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the June 2018 report entitled Bus Services Act 2017: Consultation on Accessible Information, what steps he has taken to introduce Accessible Information Regulations that would make audio and visual information available on all local bus services.

Answered on

23 July 2021

The Government wants disabled people to travel easily, confidently and at no additional cost, just like everyone else. In 2018 we consulted on Accessible Information Regulations with plans to require the provision of accessible on-board information on local bus services throughout Great Britain.

In the 2021 National Bus Strategy for England ‘Bus Back Better’, we announced, subject to final analysis, that we will introduce regulations by Summer 2022 requiring bus companies to provide audible and visual announcements onboard their services in Great Britain.

We have also pledged to provide £3.5 million of targeted funding to support smaller operators to provide audio and visible information, ensuring passengers benefit from it soon as possible.