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On 30th March 2023 the Department for Transport laid a new statutory instrument before Parliament to introduce rules that will require almost every local bus or coach service to provide audible announcements and visual displays identifying the route and direction, each upcoming stop, and the beginning of any diversions.

They issued a press release.

There is £4.65 million in grant funding for the smallest bus and coach companies, and the changes will be implemented gradually, with almost all vehicles required to comply by October 2026. RTIG will be administering the grant for the Department.

More information on the grant and the process for applying will be made available through the page in the coming months.

We have a series of online Q&A events running about the regulations to help us understand what information is needed by the industry to help achieve a smooth implementation of the regulations and grant process. These are open to anyone, but each event will have a focus on a particular part of the supply chain, and can be booked through eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/on-bus-accessible-information-644989

The draft statutory instruments and key documents around the regulations are available on the legislation.gov.uk website or we have brought them all together in the one place