[AI] Widening access the European way

Rajesh Asudani rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Thu Aug 16 00:26:39 EDT 2007


Oh! It would be too much to expect from them to remember and reproduce it!

Rajesh
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Subject: Re: [AI] Widening access the European way


> Fine, but where is the name of the "1995 act"?
>
> Subramani
>
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> In a rare but welcome move, the hindu has published the editorial on
> disability topic.
>
> Widening access the European way
>
> The recent European Union Regulation forbidding airlines and tour
> operators from denying travel for passengers with disabilities and
> reduced mobility, besides
> affirming the principle of anti-discrimination, also makes sound
> business sense. Persons with restricted mobility, among whom are the
> aged and those with
> various temporary and permanent impairments, are said to make up about
> 10 per cent of the EU's population. The new rules are also a major
> assurance that
> peopl e with limited mobility can take advantage of the benefits that
> have accrued from the EU's single market in air transport such as wider
> choices of
> lower fares, carriers, and destinations. Under the new regime, turning
> down disabled passengers would be a violation except when it is
> warranted by safety
> and such an exception must be justified under the law. Through another
> measure, effective July 2008, European airlines will be obliged to allow
> carriage
> of wheelchairs and guide-dogs free of charge.
>
> The rights and safety of passengers have received high priority in the
> EU's transport policy in recent years and the aviation sector has been a
> leader in
> extending disabled-friendly facilities. However, instances of unequal
> treatment have been reported from low-cost flight service providers,
> where the pressures
> of cost-competitiveness often undermine compliance with standard access
> procedures. The new measure thus aims to ensure a more comprehensive
> provision
> of service and uniform application of the anti-discrimination across the
> EU. In India, the 1995 law mandates equality of access to education,
> employment,
> and mobility for the disabled. In its effective implementation, public
> awareness can improve and the deep-seated prejudices can be rooted out.
> Except for
> some exemplary judicial directives relating to the use of wheelchairs by
> air passengers and access to public transport and educational
> institutions, the
> law remains by and large on paper. Among the lessons policy-makers can
> learn from the European experience is that successful intervention in
> the area of
> disability is predicated upon the effectiveness of measures in other
> spheres of public policy. The overall gains for the elderly, the
> terminally ill, women
> and children from measures to improve access for the disabled make the
> case for proper enforcement of the law even stronger.
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