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Public transport operators required to provide accessible services

Public transport operators required to provide accessible services

The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to the disabled.

The requirement applies to all operators of rail, road, rapid transit, air and water transport, according to the amendment to the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act.

An operator can gain an exemption if it obtains approval from transportation authorities and disability rights groups, the amendment stipulates.

The amendment also requires public transport operators to improve access facilities that do not meet standards within a specific period of time. Those who fail to do so could face fines of between NT$10,000 (US$305.4) and NT$50,000, which can be imposed repeatedly until improvements are made.