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Disability in EU transport legislation

Varney, Eliza; Pearson, Abigail


Abigail Pearson


Delia Ferri

Andrea Broderick


Equal access to transport plays a key role in facilitating independent living and participation in society and in realising the full enjoyment of other human rights, including the right to education and employment. The accessibility of transport goes beyond the provision of services to consumers, enabling people to be involved in society as citizens. Accessible transport should be available to all and measures should be guided by a framework of principles reflective of citizenship values, including the protection of human dignity, developed on universal design principles, with the full involvement of persons with disabilities. This chapter questions the extent to which this vision is reflected in the EU’s legal framework for transport, focusing on primary legislation in section two, secondary legislation in section three and soft law in section four. The concluding sections explore future developments, reflecting on the centrality of transport to realising the enjoyment of other human rights.


Varney, E., & Pearson, A. (2020). Disability in EU transport legislation. In D. Ferri, & A. Broderick (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Disability Law (182-200). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Feb 17, 2023
Pages 182-200
Book Title Research Handbook on EU Disability Law
ISBN 9781788976411
Keywords EU transport – Dignity – Autonomy – Participation – Universal Design - Accessibility.
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