PSV Accessibility Regulations

On 13th April 2022 the DfT wrote to the UKCOA with details of Medium Term Exemptions for coaches used on Home to School Transport and Rail Replacement services from PSVAR.

The closing date for applications for RR (or RR and HTS) services is Tuesday 17 May 2022, and the closing date for applications for HTS services is Tuesday 31 May 2022.

More information is on the gov.uk website and the text of the letter can be downloaded here.

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On 16th December 2021 Baroness Vere, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places in the Department for Transport wrote to the UKCOA concerning a further extension to the derogation for coaches used on Home to School Transport and Rail Replacement services from PSVAR:

In summary:

  • The current Home to School transport exemption that expires on 31 March 2022 is extended to 31 July 2022.
  • There will be further exemptions granted beyond 31 July 2022, but these may be dependent on size of fleet, although it is likely that there will be a further six month extension for all, but then extensions after that will require operators to meet increasing levels of compliance over the lifetime of the exemption;
  • For Home to School operators who has an exemption which expires on 31 December 2021, you can apply for a ‘closed door’ exemption to expire on 31 July 2022 by emailing [email protected]

A copy of the letter can be downloaded here

We will discuss this topic further at our next members meeting on 18th January 2022. In the meantime if you have any immediate questions please do not hesitate to contact Peter Bradley on 0333 7333 222