July 30, 2003
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Many disabled people find it difficult or impossible to use toilet facilities on aircraft. The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) is seeking views on how to make aircraft toilets easier to use.
It has launched a consultation document setting out draft standards which would make access easier for disabled people. It will involve aircraft manufacturers, operators and disabled people and draw on existing guidance from around the world to promote best practice.
The consultation follows the publication by the Department for Transport of 'Access to Air Travel for Disabled People: Code of Practice' and DPTAC's 'Access to Air Travel: Guidance for disabled and less mobile passengers'.
The code of practice said 'all wide bodied aircraft (and some single aisle aircraft) should be equipped with at least one spacious lavatory for disabled passengers catering for disabled people with a range of disabilities'. A DPTAC specification for on-board wheelchair accessible toilets is included in the consultation document.
The consultation document is at www.dptac.gov.uk. It is also available in large print, Braille and audio versions from the DPTAC Secretariat, 1/14 Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR.
Responses are required by 17 October 2003.
The DfT Code of Practice can be seen
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