The European Accessibility Act was endorsed in the European Parliament's plenary last Thursday (14 September), with considerable focus on accessibility requirements for public transport, aiming to make getting around easier for the elderly and people with disabilities.
The European Parliament approved on Thursday 14 (September) the proposed European Accessibility Act, a major piece of legislation meant to make life easier for the elderly and people with disabilities, adding that it is ready for potentially tough member states negotiations.
The European Accessibility Act -- a landmark set of rules meant to facilitate the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities -- is going to the Parliament's plenary next week. A lot of focus has been placed on public transport and ways to make it more accessible.
Belgian MEP Helga Stevens, who is the ECR group's pick for the European Parliament presidency race and who is also the first female MEP to identify herself as being deaf, told EURACTIV Spain that she wants to be “the institution's voice”.
Public transport authorities in cities around Europe are expecting that they'll have to improve ticket machines to make them easier to read for people who are partially or totally blind, once an EU disability rights bill is passed.
Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.
The EU tech industry has criticised the European Commission’s draft Accessibility Act, saying it is too prescriptive and fails to provide incentives for innovative businesses to develop the solutions that will make life easier for people with disabilities.
Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.
During his hearing, Maroš Šef?ovi? leveraged his experience as Vice-President of the European Commission for inter-institutional relations, especially when it came to dealing with MEPs, and his familiarity with Commission policies. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Building new road and rail infrastructure will not alone solve transport congestion - better use of existing capacity is needed to ensure smooth mobility of citizens, business and goods, stakeholders argued at a conference.
Presenting a new Green Paper on Urban Transport, Commissioner Jacques Barrot outlined a large range of potential solutions and areas where the EU could take action in order to tackle the growing congestion, pollution and safety problems in Europe's cities.
As the Commission prepares to present proposals for a European strategy on urban transport, Klaus Bondam, chairman of Eurocities' Mobility Forum and vice-mayor of Copenhagen, stresses the need for a "push from above" that would allow EU cities to finance more sustainable transport infrastructure and implement greener urban policies such as congestion charges.
A majority of citizens believe that the use of less polluting vehicles and public transport should be promoted, but one in five would refuse to use their car less in exchange for better public transport, according to an EU opinion poll.
UITP is the international association representing public transport stakeholders. In the EU, UITP brings together more than 400 urban, suburban and regional public transport operators and authorities from all member states and is a key partner for the European institutions and other bodies.
UITP and its members aim to make public transport infrastructure and services more accessible to “the world’s largest minority” and, more broadly, to all people with reduced mobility and with disabilities.
The UITP International Bus Conference will take place in conjunction with the Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium. These unrivalled major bus events will bring together bus operators, authorities, and industry experts from across the world.
This will be an unmissable opportunity for you to learn and exchange best practices on day-to-day bus operations, compare trends and see the opportunities that new technology can bring to your organisation.
Join the UITP Combined Mobility Community for an interactive workshop day on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). MaaS or integrated mobility platforms are key to reduce car ownership as they provide registration, information, booking, payment, and ticketing/billing for the use of all available urban mobility services, but how can we get it right to offer an alternative to car ownership and guarantee freedom of mobility to our citizens?
Find out more about ongoing efforts of UITP members to make travelling in cities accessible for everyone:
Accessibility Guide - UITP’s latest work in this field is a practical guide to help public transport staff deal with people with reduced mobility and with disabilities made together with the International Road Union (IRU) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).