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Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Communication devices

9.—(1) A communication device shall be fitted to a regulated public service vehicle in the following positions–

(a)adjacent to a wheelchair space and in a position readily useable by any person who is using the wheelchair space; and

(b)on the exterior of the vehicle adjacent to any entrance for wheelchair access which is outside the direct view of the driver, except where that entrance is in the rear of the vehicle in which case the device shall be fitted on the rearmost part of the side face of the vehicle from which passengers will board the vehicle and at a height of not less than 850mm and not more than 1000mm measured vertically from the ground (with the vehicle at its minimum height if it is fitted with a kneeling system) to the centre of the device.

(2) Unless sub-paragraph (3) applies, any communication device fitted in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) shall comply with the following requirements–

(a)a communication device shall be operable by the palm of the hand;

(b)the surround of the communication device shall contrast with the device and with the surface on which the surround is mounted; and

(c)when operated, a communication device shall activate an audible signal which enables the driver to identify that a device fitted in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) has been activated, and where fitted in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a), after activating an audible signal may (on being operated subsequently) provide a visual signal which is visible to the driver until the opening of at least one of the exits.

(3) Where a regulated public service vehicle is required to comply with Schedule 2, any communication device fitted in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a) shall comply with the following requirements–

(a)a communication device shall be operable by the palm of the hand;

(b)the surround of the communication device shall contrast with the device and with the surface on which the surround is mounted; and

(c)when operated, a communication device–

(i)after activating an audible signal to the driver which enables the driver to identify that a device fitted in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b) has been activated, may (on being operated subsequently) provide a visual signal to the driver until the opening of at least one of the exits,

(ii)shall activate an audible signal which is audible in the passenger area, and

(iii)shall activate at least one illuminated stopping sign on each deck of the vehicle or, in the case of an articulated vehicle, on each section of that vehicle, which is or would be within the field of vision of the passengers seated on a majority of the seats on that deck or in that section.

(4) An illuminated stopping sign–

(a)shall not use only capital letters; and

(b)shall display illuminated the word “stopping” or a word or words to that effect immediately a communication device is activated and until at least one of the exits is open.

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