COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Leonard Cheshire in call to stop public transport injustice

The Government is being urged by disability charity Leonard Cheshire to reconsider a law that allows discrimination against disabled people on public transport. Bus and train operators are exempt from the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act, meaning that a disabled person can be legally refused service for any reason.

"This exemption was made because of the potential costs to transport companies," said Jo Campion, Leonard Cheshire's parliamentary officer.

"We're asking the Government to consider the health and work implications for disabled people, as well as the social and emotional impact."

The charity will be promoting its Mind the Gap report on transport and social exclusion to policy makers at the party conferences later this month.

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