Home-to-school PSVAR exemption extended
The current home-to-school transport PSVAR exemption that expires on 31 March 2022 has been extended to 31 July 2022. The UKCOA has distributed this news after receiving a letter from Baroness Vere, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places in the DfT concerning the change.
There will be further exemptions granted beyond 31 July 2022, but these may be dependent on size of fleet. Although the UKCOA claim 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.
Operators who have an exemption that expires on 31 December 2021 for home-to-school services can apply for a ‘closed door’ exemption to expire on 31 July 2022 by emailing [email protected]
“We believe this to be an important step while the existing PSV Accessibility Regulations are reviewed over the next two years” – Stephen Telling, Chairman of the UKCOA
Stephen Telling, Chairman of the UKCOA, said: “We welcome the announcement from the Government over the extension of the existing exemptions for operators on Home to School coach services. We believe this to be an important step while the existing PSV Accessibility Regulations are reviewed over the next two years. We commit to working with the DfT and DPTAC to ensure (especially) that the design of the lift in coaches is suitable for all people with health conditions or impairments, not just those who use wheelchairs, and is easy and safe to use.”