New gov't barrier-free policy to include more stations, bus terminals.
The government is considering changes to its basic policy of creating a barrier-free barrier-free adjective Pertaining or referring to structural or architectural design that does not impede use by individuals with special physical needs. See American with Disabilities Act, Architectural barrier, Barrier. society with an eye to making public transport facilities more friendly to the elderly and handicapped than currently planned, sources familiar with the move said Saturday.
Around 3,500 railway stations The following is a list of railway stations (also called train stations) that is indexed by country. :Further information: List of IATA-indexed train stations Africa
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the sources linked with the transport ministry.
The current policy covers about 2,800 railway stations and 40 bus terminals, where the operators are required to achieve the goals for improvement in their efforts to secure barrier-free paths of travel, including eliminating unnecessary gaps and installing elevators.
In its policy review, based on the new barrier-free legislation that went into force in 2006 given Japan's rapidly aging society, the government decided to include smaller facilities used by 3,000 people on a daily average instead of 5,000 under the current plan.
As under the existing policy, operators of public transport systems will be required to make new stations and other facilities completely barrier-free in the future.
Among other measures expected to be added are constructing platform fences at railway stations and including trains, buses and airplanes, in addition to facilities, in the list of sites for the barrier-free scheme. In the case of trains, the ratio of cars with wheelchair wheel·chair or wheel chair
A chair mounted on large wheels for the use of a sick or disabled person.
n spaces is projected to be raised to 70 percent from the current goal of 50 percent.
The government also intends to make clear that elderly and handicapped people should be encouraged to take part in the process of barrier-free planning by public transport operators, the sources said.