Accessible Trains for Queensland
Recently, the Queensland Government and Queensland Rail applied to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) for a temporary exemption from certain provisions of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (you can read their application here). They need this so that they can use their brand new though currently non-compliant New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains during the Commonwealth Games in April 2018 and over the next 5 years.
PDA has been campaigning for the Queensland Government to take the accessibility problems with the NGR trains seriously for some time now. We have written to the Minister for Transport twice and spoken to staff at the minister’s office and the office of local MPs, but they have declined to provide us with an official response.
We think this refusal to respond to the real concerns of people with disability who rely on an accessible train system to get around is both negligent and disrespectful.
PDA has therefore made a submission to the AHRC that an exemption should not be granted.
You can read PDA’s submission (and the letters we sent to the Minister for Transport and some local MPs) here.