Don’t compromise the right of persons with disabilities to train travel

3 March 2020

Dear colleague MEP Mr Boguslaw Liberadzki,

We are writing to you in your quality as rapporteur of the revision of the EU Rail Passenger Rights’ Regulation.

As members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup, we call on you not to compromise the European Parliament’s position regarding pre-notification for assistance for persons with reduced mobility (amendment 101, Article 24 (1) a).

The Council’s proposal for this provision was seen as extremely negative by several disability rights organisations and represents a step backwards for the rights of persons with disabilities.

It is essential that European Parliament’s proposal prevails in this regard. While not ideal, it is a step forward in our commitment to fully implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in ensuring the free movement of 100 million persons with disabilities living in Europe.

We call on you, as rapporteur, to make clear that this provision is not up for negotiation. By having a strong stand in this regard we will show the positive impact that the EU can have on the everyday lives of persons with disabilities across the EU.

Signatories

  • MEP Lefteris Christoforou - European People's Party
  • MEP Jaroslaw Duda – European People’s Party
  • MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut - European People's Party
  • MEP Loucas Fourlas - European People's Party
  • MEP Ádám Kósa – European People’s Party
  • MEP David Lega – European People’s Party
  • MEP Benoit Lutgen - European People's Party
  • MEP Michaela Šojdrová – European People’s Party
  • MEP Petri Sarvamaa - European People's Party
  • MEP Ivan Štefanec - European People's Party
  • MEP Brando Benifei - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Biljana Borzan - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Milan Brglez - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Isabel Carvalhais - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Josianne Cutajar - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Estrella Durá Ferrandis - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Tanja Fajon - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Isabel García Muñoz - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Alícia Homs - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Cristina Maestre Martín de Almagro - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Alfred Sant - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Alex Agius Saliba - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Mónica Silvana González - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Sylwia Spurek - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Marianne Vind - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • MEP Abir Al-Sahlani – Renew Europe
  • MEP Jordi Cañas - Renew Europe Group
  • MEP Pascal Durand – Renew Europe
  • MEP Radka Maxová – Renew Europe Group
  • MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa – Renew Europe Group
  • MEP Dragoș Pîslaru – Renew Europe
  • MEP Nils Torvalds – Renew Europe
  • MEP Chrysoula Zacharopoulou – Renew Europe
  • MEP Katrin Langensiepen - Greens/European Free Alliance
  • MEP Tilly Metz - Greens/European Free Alliance
  • MEP Kim van Sparrentak - Greens/European Free Alliance
  • MEP Malin Björk - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP Giorgos Georgiou - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP Alexis Georgoulis - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP José Gusmão - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP Marisa Matias - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP Anne Sophie Pelletier - European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • MEP Isabella Adolfini - MoVimento 5 Stelle
  • MEP Chiara Gemma - MoVimento 5 Stelle

Related information

Amendment 101, Article 24 (1) a).

(a)  assistance in stations shall be provided during times rail services operate on condition that the railway undertaking, the station manager, the ticket vendor or the tour operator with which the ticket was purchased is notified of the person’s need for such assistance at least 48 hours at least 12 hours before the assistance is needed. In stations where daily traffic exceeds 10 000 passengers per day, no pre-notification is needed, however, the person in need of assistance shall be at the respective station at least 30 minutes before the departure of the train. In stations where daily traffic is between 2 000 and 10 000 passengers per day, the notification shall be reduced to maximum three hours. Where a ticket or season ticket permits multiple journeys, one notification shall be sufficient provided that adequate information on the timing of subsequent journeys is provided. Such notifications shall be forwarded to all other railway undertakings and station managers involved in the person’s journey; [Am. 101]

 

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