David Stewart

Highland MSP seeks answers to disabled passengers concerns regarding bus access in Fort William

7 June 2017

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP David Stewart has written to Stagecoach Bus after it transpired at a recent Lochaber Transport Forum meeting that disabled people were having issues accessing or finding space on buses within the Fort William area

David said, “Transport should be accessible for everyone. It’s good for the economy and means fewer car journeys, which reduces carbon emissions. Disabled people should be treated fairly  and in parity with all others.

 “It is my understanding that buses or coaches may need to meet the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PVSAR) allowing access on the vehicle for disabled passengers.

“Whether the vehicle has to meet the regulations depends on its size, age and purpose.

“Only buses that can carry 22 passengers or more have to comply with the regulations.

“There is a timetable for these regulations to phase the development for bus companies.

“Obviously I am concerned to hear that some disabled people in and around Fort William have experienced difficulty with access to some Stagecoach Buses, so I have written to the Area Manager of Stagecoach Bus to ascertain what the current position is with disability access buses used in and around the Fort William area.”

 David continued,  “ Where space on a bus is set aside for a wheel chair user, then they have priority over a pushchair which may be situated on that space.

 “Once I have ascertained the current position from Stagecoach Bus I will make contact with the Lochaber Transport Forum and update them.”