DfT disability dispensation for some older trains
The Department for Transport has exempted several classes of older passenger trains from some of the disability regulations.
EU legislation – enacted by the Railways (Interoperability ) Regulations of 2011 – requires that all rail passenger rolling stock be PRM TSI (Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specification for Interoperabilty) compliant by 1 January 2020. However, the DfT has granted partial dispensation to the following train types: Class 318, 321 and 365 electric multiple units owned by Eversholt; and Class 150 diesel multiple units, and Class 319 electric multiple units owned by Porterbrook.
A DfT spokesman told LTT: “Since 1998, all new trains have been built to the required accessibility standards, and older trains will meet our compliances by 2020. A small number of minor exemptions will remain in place on some of our older train models, where full compliance would not be realistically achievable or cost-effective.”
All trains are pre-privatisation and were built in the BR era during the 1980s and 1990s. The exemptions cover areas like height of door controls, width of priority seats, signage and platform/train gap and step, etc.