Press release

Department for Transport weighs ways to access disability advice

Announcement of a consultation outlining a number of options for securing future advice should the decision be taken to abolish DPTAC.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The Department for Transport is looking at how it can best access specialist advice on the practical issues faced by people with disabilities when travelling.

The government’s review of non-departmental public bodies in 2010, recommended that the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) be abolished as part of wider goals to increase accountability, reduce duplication of activity and improve transparency.

However, the department needs to ensure continued access to high quality, balanced advice on the particular issues faced by people with disabilities when travelling. Today’s (14 June 2012) consultation outlines a number of options for securing future advice should the decision be taken to abolish DPTAC.

The consultation will run from 11 June 2012 for 14 weeks closing on 14 September 2012.

Notes to editors

DPTAC is a statutory body established by the Transport Act 1985. Its function is to provide independent advice to government, by presenting a pan-disability view on matters relating to disabled travellers in the development of transport policy and any associated legislation, regulation and guidance.

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Published 14 June 2012