What we do
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) advises the government on transport legislation, regulations and guidance and on the transport needs of disabled people, ensuring disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else. On 12 June 2013, it was decided to retain DPTAC to advise DfT on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.
DPTAC is an independent body established by the Transport Act 1985 to advise government on the transport needs of disabled people.
DPTAC advocate the promotion of an accessible transport system in the advice given to government. An accessible transport system is one that recognises the need for every stage in the journey to be accessible to disabled people. It sets out to include as many people as possible. It does not attempt to meet every single need. Rather, by considering people’s diversity, accessible transport systems try to break down unnecessary barriers and exclusion. In doing so it will often achieve superior solutions that benefit everyone.
A Written statement to Parliament confirmed that the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee is being retained to advise DfT on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.
DPTAC’s role is to give credible advice to government:
- to ensure disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else
- on transport legislation, regulations or guidance
- in response to important consultation documents
Who we are
DPTAC works closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) advising on how it can meet its aim to provide transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society. Committee members work collectively to take forward any DfT policy initiatives and any cross cutting issues - these are discussed at committee meetings.
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