New Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations now in force
June 27, 2020
Global Korean Post
Starting on June 25, persons with disabilities have new protections under the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).
The ATPDR require transportation service providers to:
ensure that aircraft, trains, ferries, buses and terminals (such as airports) are accessible by complying with specific technical requirements;
meet communication needs of travellers with disabilities;
provide accessible services; and
make border and security screening more accessible.
The ATPDR establish new, legally binding and enforceable requirements for accessible transportation, building on two older regulations and six codes, as well as best practices in Canada and around the world.
More information on the requirements is available on our website. The CTA has also developed extensive guidance materials, available in accessible formats. This guidance explains, in plain language, the requirements of the ATPDR. It also takes into account questions raised by stakeholders during consultations.
The final regulations reflect input received by the CTA from persons with disabilities and industry, including members of the CTA’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, as well as the general public during several rounds of consultation between 2016 and 2019.
The ATPDR are part of the CTA’s Regulatory Modernization Initiative (RMI), a review of all the regulations and guidelines the CTAadministers.