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By Bus

The Transport Secretary announced on 22 March 2006 that from April 2008 the local entitlement for free bus travel would be extended to allow bus travel in every area of the country.

It will mean that whether using the bus locally, or when visiting other parts of the country, older and disabled people will be able to travel for free.

For more information about the Department of Transport and latest announcements.

Buses / Coaches

The Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000, all new coaches must be wheelchair accessible, so Britain's coach fleet is becoming more accessible as old stock is replaced. By 2020, all buses and coaches must be fully accessible to disabled people.
Assistance from coach drivers and other staff.

Coach drivers are now required by law to provide reasonable assistance to disabled people, in particular to help them get on and off the coach. This does not extend to physically lifting passengers or heavy mobility equipment.

If you need help to get on and off the coach, you should ask for this when you book your ticket.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

It's important to check whether your wheelchair or mobility scooter can be carried on the coach when you book your ticket. Some coach companies allow folding manual wheelchairs only to be carried in the luggage hold; others may allow powered wheelchairs and scooters with dry cell batteries if they can be disassembled before travel. For more info Click here


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