THE Government’s Accessibility Action Plan must address changing places toilets, shared spaces, and other issues, says the chair of the Women and Equalities Committee.
Maria Miller MP has written to Transport Minister Paul Maynard expressing concerns about the draft plan, which is currently out for consultation.
She says more must be done to address the recommendations in her committee’s report on disability and the built environment in order to improve travel for people with disabilities.
And while the actions on training of bus, coach, train, taxi and private hire vehicle drivers are welcome, they fall short of the recommendations of a House of Lords Committee report that such training be set out in law.
Maria Miller said: “It is very disappointing that, on certain points, the findings of our report have not been addressed. We expected the Department to use this action plan to address the recommendations we made directly to it, but it has not done so.
“Disabled people will not be pleased to hear that our recommendations, particularly on Changing Places toilets, shared spaces schemes, training and local authority guidance all appear to have been ignored.”