Baroness Kramer has completed a review into EU Regulation 181/2011 and a mandatory disability awareness training exemption that currently applies for bus and coach drivers. This document summaries input the Department for Transport (DfT) received about the exemption from:
- Confederation of Passenger Transport
- bus operators
- disability groups
Background to the disability awareness training review and exemption
EU Regulation 181/2011 (on bus and coach passenger rights) came into force on 1 March 2013. When this happened, DfT made use of a derogation to exempt bus and coach drivers from undertaking mandatory disability awareness training for 5 years. Ministers committed to review that exemption after 1 year to assess whether drivers were receiving adequate training under the current system.