Transport infrastructure remains inaccessible for people with disabilities in Kazakhstan - Majilisman

Date: 16:39, 25-09-2019.

Astana. September 25. KazTAG - Transport infrastructure remains inaccessible for people with disabilities in Kazakhstan, said Zhanat Omarbekova, Majilis deputy.
“The Constitution of Kazakhstan guarantees care for citizens with disabilities, but the transport infrastructure is still unavailable, contrary to the norms of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Kazakhstan. In addition, the results of monitoring showed that accessibility of transport services remains disappointing. The technical regulations and standards for both vehicles and transport infrastructure are largely imperfect and do not comply with the modern requirements, as they do not fully take into account the needs of people with disabilities, ”Omarbekova said at the session of Majilis.
At the same time, she noted that the measure of responsibility for non-compliance with the requirements was poorly defined.
“In practice, people with disabilities are deprived of the opportunity to independently move, work, travel and fully participate in public life. The technical conditions in the public transport are still at a low level. In the tenders to maintain routes and carry passengers, carriers are allowed to take part whose vehicles are not adapted for access of people with disabilities and other people with limited mobility, ” she said.
According to her, out of 111 functioning bus stations, only 51 partially comply with the approved standard.

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