This submission is a response to an email request from the Disabilities Transport Access Secretariat (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) on July 21, 2020 from Ms Jessica Hall and Mr Kevin Cocks AM, respective Chairs of the National Accessible Transport Steering Committee and the National Accessible Transport Taskforce (NATT).
This submission provides input to the modernisation to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) and aims to address three key issues put forward by the Department:
- mobility aid safety on buses
- website accessibility
- communication during planned and unplanned service disruptions.
The information provided by the bus and coach industry in this submission will be utilised by the Department in the development of an Australian Government Consultation Regulation Impact Statement intended for release for public consultation in early 2021.