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EHRC Make Stand Against Inaccessible Public Transport

Posted in General News on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland has pledged to support disabled and older people who are challenging transport providers for not providing accessible services. The commission has said that it will help people with these types of discrimination cases by offering advice and assistance and providing funding for legal support so that these transport providers can be taken to court. EHRC Scotland has stated that it will consider assisting people with a wide range of disabilities including mental health conditions.  Professor Lesley Sawers, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, commented: “Transport operators must ensure equal access to public transport for all. They have clear responsibilities in law to ensure disabled people and older people travel with ease, but too often they fail to meet these obligations. Our Legal Support Project will provide funding and help to resolve complaints but, failing that, we will not be afraid to support a case to ensure that people can enforce their legal rights and seek redress. Older people and disabled people must be able to access and use public transport just like everybody else."

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