Draft of Civil Aviation Bill Fails to Protect the Rights of Disabled Passengers

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Despite reassurances from The CAA and the Department for Transport, Reduced Mobility Rights noted that the Department for Transport draft of Civil Aviation Bill fails to comply with EU Regulation 1107/2006, Article 16, leaving disabled passengers without legal protection and the United Kingdom, host nation of the Paralympics 2012, trailing behind most EU states and the United States of America.

EU Regulation 1107/2006, in effect from 26 July 2008, calls member states to lay down rules on penalties applicable to infringements of the Regulation, Reduced Mobility Rights says.

The Republic of Ireland was one of the first member states to comply on 25 July 2008 (S.I. No. 299 of 2008), making the EU Regulation concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air enforceable in its territory. Italy, whose politicians are the laughing-stock of Europe's lawmakers, introduced sanctions foreseen in EU 1107/2006 in February 2009 (DL 24 febbraio 2009, n. 24).

Despite reassurances Reduced Mobility Rights received from Dame Deirdre Hutton, CBE, Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority and Sabina Ali, Aviation Accessibility Policy Advisor at the Department for Transport, the Draft Civil Aviation Bill does not mention EU 1107/2006, does not lay down rules on penalties applicable to infringements specific to the Regulation, and fails to identify and describe all measures to ensure that those rules are enforceable. As a result, Reduced Mobility Rights claims that EU 1107/2006 is unenforceable in a civil court of law, leaving disabled passengers arriving or departing from the UK without legal protection against degradation and discrimination.

"Ironically, disabled passengers are without protection and recourse under the watch of the UK PM David Cameron, a person with personal knowledge of the challenges disabled children and adult face in their everyday life," Roberto Castiglioni, founder of Reduced Mobility Rights, said.

"I call on Mrs Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee, currently engaged reviewing the Draft of Civil Aviation Bill to address the situation and introduce changes needed to the Civil Aviation Bill," Roberto Castiglioni added.

Company Info: Reduced Mobility Rights is the support portal for anyone with problems getting around. People with reduced mobility and their carers can meet and share their stories in the web community, get detailed information about their rights, and initiate investigations into cases of discrimination and humiliation during travel. The organisations goals are to make sure service providers, public or private, comply with the laws safeguarding People with Reduced Mobility Rights; to expose those who violate the laws; to promote awareness among operators and the general public; ultimately to reiterate everybody's right to travel, irrespective of their condition.

For further information, please contact Roberto Castiglioni: http://www.reducedmobility.eu
Roberto.Castiglioni(at)ReducedMobility(dot)eu +44(0)7786 993741


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