Article 9: Rail vehicles: accessibility compliance certificates
31.Article 9 will require prescribed rail vehicles to have a rail vehicle accessibility compliance certificate. It prohibits a prescribed rail vehicle from being used for carriage unless a valid compliance certificate has been issued for that vehicle. It is intended that the requirement to have a certificate will apply to all new rail vehicles and vehicles that are refurbished. The effect is to set up a certification scheme for rail vehicle accessibility. The provisions include power for the Department for Regional Development to make regulations providing for the appointment of independent assessors, setting out the procedure for obtaining certificates, and charging fees in relation to certification.