A proposed reform will redefine who is eligible to use the “Adapto” service
Public transport for people with disabilities is to be made free of charge under a planned government reform, but access will be restricted to people who are dependent on the service, the mobility ministry announced on Monday.
The decision follows public outcry and accusations of discrimination after it was announced all public transport would be made free of charge starting 1 March 2020 with the exception of the “Adapto” on-demand service for people with reduced mobility.
Under Monday’s announcement, the reform would also redefine who would be eligible to use the “Adapto” service.
“Current access criteria will be assessed with the aim of restricting this offer strictly to people who are neither able to use ordinary public transport nor to use their own car. The substitution of organised transport by financial assistance for beneficiaries should be analysed,” mobility minister François Bausch (déi gréng) said.
Once the reform is passed, new access request forms would be created while the transport department would establish a national reservation centre, organising routes in such a way as to effectively group customers together to meet their travel needs in the form of public transit.
Responding to earlier claims of discrimination, the ministry statement pointed out that anyone holding a priority or disability card already has the right to use public transport free of charge in Luxembourg.