OTTAWA, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
released its Air Carrier Compliance Report: Domestic Carriers and its Rail Code Compliance Report: VIA Rail Canada, demonstrating positive results for accessibility of the national
transportation system for persons with disabilities.
The Agency assessed the compliance of domestic air carriers operating
aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats against provisions in the Air Transportation Regulations and the Code of Practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities.
The Agency also assessed the compliance of VIA Rail Canada (VIA) with
provisions in the Code of Practice: Passenger Rail Car Accessibility and Terms and
Conditions of Carriage by Rail of Persons with Disabilities and the Code of Practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with
As part of these monitoring exercises to determine the level of
compliance, VIA and the air carriers used a self-assessment tool. The
Agency examined the results of these self-assessments against
intelligence gathered through discussions with the service providers
and the review of the carriers' published policies, procedures and
As indicated in the reports:
Major air carriers, who carry over 90 percent of the scheduled passenger
traffic in Canada, are fully compliant with the accessibility standards
Smaller air carriers showed positive results overall. While some smaller
air carriers are fully compliant with the standards assessed, others
need to improve in some specific areas to be fully compliant. The
Agency will continue to work with domestic carriers on areas of
VIA is also fully compliant with the accessibility standards assessed,
with the exception of the Rail Code provision regarding tactile seat
markers on its older equipment. The Agency is working with VIA to
explore ways to also have tactile row markers installed or otherwise
facilitate independent access for persons with visual impairments.
"The Agency works at ensuring Canada's national transportation system is
accessible to all persons, particularly those with disabilities," said
Geoff Hare, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency. "We
will continue our education and monitoring efforts to ensure that
persons with disabilities can travel without encountering undue
obstacles to their mobility and have equal access to national
The Agency has the mandate to ensure the accessibility of Canada's
national transportation system, including air, rail and
extra-provincial ferry and bus transportation. It seeks to remove undue
obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities through a number
of mechanisms, which includes monitoring industry compliance with
regulations and codes of practice.
Codes of practice contain accessibility standards developed to achieve a
minimum level of accessibility for persons with disabilities and sets
out what the Agency expects of carriers and terminal operators when
they are serving persons with disabilities.
Updated reports are provided on the Agency website as additional
monitoring and compliance initiatives are undertaken. For more
information on Agency regulation and codes of practice, consult the
Agency's website at otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/accessible-transportation/industry.
About the Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial
tribunal and economic regulator of the Government of Canada. The
Agency's mandate includes:
Economic regulation, to provide approvals, issue licences, permits and certificates of
fitness, and make decisions on a wide range of matters involving
federal air, rail and marine transportation.
Dispute resolution, to resolve complaints about federal transportation services, rates,
fees and charges.
Accessibility, to ensure Canada's national transportation system is accessible to all
persons, particularly those with disabilities.
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SOURCE: Canadian Transportation Agency
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