Following the release of our video looking at the new Halifax Bus station, we have been asked what the law is about accessing buses in a powered mobility scooter. Here’s a useful guide which covers the local bus provider in West Yorkshire.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has produced the following information to make it easier for mobility scooter users to use low floor buses.
There is no legal requirement for an operator to carry a mobility scooter on a low floor bus or a coach. Where a bus operator decides to accept mobility scooters, CPT has produced a Code of Conduct to help operators, mobility scooter users and drivers carry out their responsibilities safely: CPT Guide to Mobility Scooters
The Code simplifies and puts in place standardised procedures for operators to ensure that users of mobility scooters are able to use bus services safely. It aims to make clear to all concerned the types of mobility scooters that buses will be able to accommodate.
The Code introduces a permit system for the mobility scooter user that will make it easier for the bus driver to recognise that the mobility scooter has been approved by the operator and the user has been trained in how to safely board and alight from the bus. The permit will be accepted by all operators who adopt the Code.
Operators are requested to sign up to the code and also promote the code with their local authority, mobility impaired groups and mobility scooter dealers.
Read the Code in full CPT Guide to Mobility Scooters
Find out which scooters meet the Code Research Institute for Disabled Consumers
The following operators are now using the CPT Code:
- Anglian Bus
- Blackpool Transport Services Ltd
- Country Bus
- Ipswich Buses
- National Express
- Nottingham City Transport
- Prentice Coaches Ltd
- Reading Transport Ltd
- Southern Vectis
- Transdev Blazefield Ltd
- Wilts and Dorset