(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order exempts certain rail vehicles of the type S8 from the requirement of paragraph 1(1), Part 1 in Schedule 1 of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/432) to fit boarding devices at wheelchair-compatible doorways (article 3). The exemption applies in respect of six specified station platforms on the Metropolitan Line which may be used by S8 vehicles if there is disruption to timetabled services on the Metropolitan Line.
The exemption in respect of five of the station platforms is of limited duration (article 4). The exemption in relation to Aldgate platform 1 is without limitation of time but the Secretary of State may revoke it by Order.
An equivalent exemption was provided in respect of 65 station platforms on the Metropolitan Line by article 4(b) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2010 (SI 2010/435). That Order provided for exemptions from the requirement of regulation 23(1) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/2456) (“RVAR 1998”).
RVAR 1998 has since been revoked by regulation 7(1)(a) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010, which also replace RVAR 1998 with substantively equivalent provisions. Transitional arrangements were also provided, ensuring that the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order continues to have effect.
An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the costs of business, the public sector, third sector organisations, regulators or consumers is foreseen.