DOI Accessibility Steering Group
In April 2021, Mr C Thomas MHK brought forward a Motion regarding the adoption by Bus Vannin of the non-statutory voluntary code for bus operators regarding mobility scooters.
After extensive debate, the following amendment to the Motion was agreed:
'That Tynwald is of the opinion that the Department of Infrastructure should commit to adopting the United Kingdom Confederation of Passenger Transport Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the use and acceptance of mobility scooters on low floor buses adapted to carry wheelchairs in a way that is appropriate to the Isle of Man whilst recognising the policy approach of the Government to be in line with UK Equality Act related Codes of Practice and Guidance; and further is of the opinion that the Department should establish a steering group to include disability user and passenger representation, to inform adoption of the Code and other aspects of accessibility to bus services; and that the Department should submit a report with recommendations to Tynwald no later than the October 2021 sitting of Tynwald Court.'
In accordance with the April 2021 Tynwald Motion, the Bus Vannin Accessibility Steering Group was established.
On 30 September 2022, former DOI Minister Chris Thomas agreed that the remit of the Steering Group be extended to other areas of the Department.
The role of the Committee is to:
- inform the Minister on the adoption by Bus Vannin of the CPT Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the use and acceptance of Mobility Scooters on low floor buses, submitting of a report with recommendations
- identify, report on and consider the facilities and services provided by the Department, to ensure that they meet the relevant policy and regulatory standards on equality and access
- recognising the Social Model of Disability*, identify and report on the barriers that affect or impinge upon journeys made on the Isle of Man by people with disabilities, specifically in relation to Bus Vannin services, highways and the airport
- contribute to the creation of the accessibility content of the Department's Transport Strategy, as required in Our Island Plan
*The social model says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. The social model helps us recognise barriers that make life harder for disabled people. Removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control