EDF believes that all people have the right to enjoy seamless, accessible and independent travel. This is in accordance with the EU Treaties that guarantee the right to free movement for all citizens as well as Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Despite this fact, persons with disabilities can still not fully benefit from this right as the transport system throughout the EU remains largely inaccessible.

EDF is therefore actively lobbying the European Union to move towards a barrier-free Europe for all to achieve a fully accessible transport chain from door to door. In the field of transport, this implies:

  • respecting the Design for All principle when designing transport vehicles such as trains or buses and surrounding infrastructure such as train stations;
  • that information about a journey is made accessible and easy to understand for everybody;
  • that information about the level of accessibility of a certain mode of transport is made available for all users;
  • If transport is not fully accessible: providing assistance from the point of departure to the point of arrival at the final destination of a disabled passenger, tailored to his specific needs, at no extra cost.
  • Disability awareness and disability equality training for all personnel working in the transport sector.

EDF is also an active supporter of the European Commission's camapaign on passengers rights.

To discover more about EDF's activities, select the transport mode from the menu list on the left.