Rail passengers’ rights: update from the European Parliament's Internal Market committee

30 March 2018
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The European Parliament Internal Market Committee (IMCO) rapporteur (the person appointed to report on the proceedings of the Committee), Mr. Dennis de Jong, has published his draft opinion [PDF] on the European Commission’s proposal for a recast of Regulation 1371/2007. This regulation focus on rail passengers’ rights.

MEP de Jong is proposing to lower pre-notification to book assistance from 48 to 3 hours. While this is a significant improvement on the 24 hour pre-notification proposed by the Transport and Tourism Committee rapporteur - it would mean that persons with disabilities would still be unable to travel spontaneously.

The EU and all Member States have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We want its provisions on equal access to transport upheld.

We are therefore asking MEPs to support “Turn up and go” and have drafted several amendments to further strengthen the regulation.

We hope that many MEPs will table our amendments. We want to eliminate the requirement for pre-notification when booking assistance for rail travel and ensure that all rail staff undergo thorough disability-related training.

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