Public transport accessibility

19-05-2017

Public transport bosses: EU Accessibility Act focuses too much on ticket machines

With the passage of the EU Accessibility Act this month, EURACTIV.com spoke to the public transport bodies of London, Vienna and Paris to see what progressive solutions for disabled passengers are already underway – and what dangers may lurk in the proposed act.

28-04-2017

Disabled groups’ dismay at Parliament vote on accessibility

Disability groups have expressed dismay at this week’s vote in the European Parliament on the proposed EU Accessibility Act, saying it risks making the act “meaningless for millions of people.”

Automated vehicles 14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

23-03-2017

Airlines failing to accommodate passengers in need of oxygen treatment

Airlines are unfairly discriminating against passengers that need to bring portable oxygen tanks with them on their flights. Susanna Palkonen explains the obstacles many people face.

17-03-2017

Battle hots up over details of Accessibilty Act for passengers with disabilities

Last week dozens of people with disabilities demonstrated outside the European Parliament in the hope that MEPs will honour promises they saw in a landmark new accessibility act.

Road safety 23-02-2017

Lisbon, Malmö and Skopje announced as sustainable mobility city finalists

Cities from Portugal, Sweden and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have made it through to become finalists for the European Mobility Award 2016.

Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com

Elections 13-01-2017

ECR candidate: EU needs dynamic debate and to officially recognise sign language

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”.

Better accessibility is good for consumers and businesses

The common standards brought in by the Accessibility Act will benefit businesses and consumers, bringing regulatory certainty and making sure no-one is left behind, writes Marianne Thyssen.

Transport 09-12-2016

EU disability rights bill won’t fix public transport problems, campaigners fear

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.

Health 09-12-2016

Navracsics: New technologies are ‘unmatched vectors’ of integration

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.

Technology Opening New Doors for People With Disabilities
Digital 08-12-2016

Technology opening new doors for people with disabilities

With almost 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, building a more inclusive society is a key priority.

Health 07-12-2016

Leftist MEP: EU Accessibility Act is an ‘ideal chance’

The European Accessibility Act for people with disabilities opens a "huge horizon" and new innovation fields for everybody, but its scope should be widened to more products and services, MEP Konstantina Kuneva said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Health 07-12-2016

Why innovation should be accessible for all

Accessibility in technology should not be an afterthought, it should be celebrated, as a motor for innovation, writes Adina Braha-Honciuc.

Health 06-12-2016

European Accessibility Act ‘not future-proof enough’

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.

Health 05-12-2016

EU turns up pressure on accessibility rights of people with disabilities

The draft European Accessibility Act seeks to bring together “fragmented” national laws while creating new rights enabling full access to services ranging from transport to cash dispensers.

Health 05-12-2016

European Accessibility Act

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Debate about policies in favour of people with disabilities has climbed up a notch on the agenda with the publication in December of new European Commission proposals for a European Accessibility Act.

Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they’ll have to wait

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.

A not so ‘dolce vita’ for Romans

Romans are the least satisfied with their quality of life according to a recent survey that focused on the inhabitants of EU capitals. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Transport 13-10-2015

Direct subsidies can spur green transport innovation, regions told

Handing subsidies, including EU funding, directly to local governments - rather than to industry - can spur green innovation in public transport, regional leaders were told today (13 October).

EU Elections 2014 03-10-2014

‘Social’ transport: The Šef?ovi? hearing

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.

Transport 10-04-2014

French union calls for EU to increase public transport funding

To cut greenhouse gases and improve quality of life, the French Union for Public Transport (UTP) is calling for a new European policy for public transportation. EURACTIV France reports.

Health 20-09-2013

Cities eye closer link between transport and health policies

City planners across Europe are increasingly looking at ways to promote cycling and walking as a way to reduce mortality rates resulting from sedentary lifestyles.

Transport 06-07-2012

EU divided over single liberalised railway system

The European Parliament has moved a step closer towards establishing a single, liberalised European rail network after a round of voting on the proposed competition rules.

UITP Europe

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.


Events

UITP Global Public Transport Summit | Montréal | 15-17 May 2017

Under the theme Lead the TRANSITion, the Summit will focus on four key clusters: urbanisation, digitalisation, energy efficiency, redefining urban transport.

For more info, visit uitpsummit.org


Best practices

Find out more about ongoing efforts of UITP members to make travelling in cities accessible for everyone
Vienna – Wiener Linien
Paris – RATP
Stuttgart – SSB (only in German)
London – Transport for London
Helsinki - HKL
Madrid - EMT / Metro
Keolis
Handéo – French Association (in brief)
TMB - Barcelona
Stockholm


Publications

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).


UITP Summit

For more info, visit uitpsummit.org