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Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (SOR/2019-244)

Regulations are current to 2020-12-28 and last amended on 2020-06-25. Previous Versions

PART 3Technical Requirements Applicable to Carriers (continued)

DIVISION 3Marine Carriers (continued)

Technical Requirements (continued)

Marginal note:Signage

  •  (1) Signage on a ferry, other than a menu display board referred to in section 158, must

    • (a) indicate any services, facilities, amenities or equipment that are offered and of the direction to follow in order to access them;

    • (b) be positioned to avoid shadow areas and glare and have a glare-free surface;

    • (c) be colour-contrasted with its background; and

    • (d) except in the case of electronic signage, meet the requirements set out in clauses 4.5.3 to 4.5.7 of CSA B651-18.

  • Marginal note:Electronic signage

    (2) Electronic signage must

    • (a) have letters, numbers, symbols and pictographs that slowly scroll across the screen and are colour-contrasted with their background but are not in red on a black background; and

    • (b) meet the requirements set out in clauses 4.5.3 to 4.5.5 of CSA B651-18.

Marginal note:Designated relief areas

  •  (1) A ferry on which passengers are travelling for four consecutive hours or more must have a designated area for service dogs to relieve themselves that a person with a disability may reach by means of a path of travel that is accessible to persons with disabilities and that is

    • (a) identified by tactile and Braille signage; and

    • (b) cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

  • Marginal note:Signage

    (2) The ferry must have signage that indicates the direction to follow in order to access a designated relief area.

Marginal note:Elevator

 A ferry that has more than one deck must have at least one elevator that

  • (a) provides service from a vehicle deck to all passenger decks, except to a deck that does not have a housing to protect the elevator from the weather; and

  • (b) meets the requirements set out in clause 5.6.1 of CSA B651-18.

Marginal note:Non-operational elevator

 Each elevator on a ferry must have signage that warns passengers that the elevator may not be operational when the ferry’s roll exceeds the safe operating criteria established by the manufacturer of the elevator.

Marginal note:Alarm system

 If a ferry is equipped with an alarm system, including in a cabin, the alarm system must provide both a visual alarm and an audible alarm. A visual alarm must meet the requirements set out in clause 5.7.1 of CSA B651-18.

Marginal note:Maintenance

  •  (1) A ferry and any related facilities, including any amenities and equipment used in them, that are subject to any requirements of this Division must be in good working order and properly maintained.

  • Marginal note:Repairs

    (2) If any facilities, amenities or equipment that are referred to in subsection (1) are not in good working order, they must be repaired as soon as possible and, until they are repaired, measures must be taken that will result in a substantially equivalent or greater level of accessibility for persons with disabilities.

DIVISION 4Bus Carriers

Application

Marginal note:Bus carriers

 Unless otherwise specified, this Division applies to every bus carrier that provides a service for the transportation of passengers between two or more provinces and from a point of origin in Canada to a point of destination in a foreign country.

Marginal note:Non-application — certain buses

 This Division does not apply to a bus carrier in respect of any bus that has a maximum carrying capacity of not more than 39 passengers.

Marginal note:Pre-existing buses

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the provisions of this Division, except sections 199 and 205, do not apply to a pre-existing bus.

  • Marginal note:Clarification — portable equipment

    (2) Sections 188 and 189 apply to a pre-existing bus with respect to any lift, ramp or bridge plate that is portable and not integrated with the pre-existing bus.

  • Marginal note:Modifications

    (3) If a carrier makes a modification — other than a modification to a mechanical, electrical or plumbing system or a modification carried out for an aesthetic purpose or for maintenance or repair — to any amenity or equipment that is used in a pre-existing bus, the carrier must ensure that the modified amenity or equipment meets the requirements of this Division, except in the following circumstances:

    • (a) the dimensions of the bus or of the amenity or equipment are unalterable;

    • (b) the structural integrity or safe operation of the bus or of the amenity or equipment would be materially affected; or

    • (c) the principal purpose of the amenity or equipment would be fundamentally altered.

  • Marginal note:Definition of pre-existing bus

    (4) In this section, a pre-existing bus means a bus that was

    • (a) purchased or leased by the carrier before the day on which this section comes into force; or

    • (b) purchased or leased by the carrier on or after the day on which this section comes into force, if the carrier submitted the call for tenders in respect of that bus before that day.

Marginal note:Non-application — temporary leases

 This Division does not apply in respect of a bus that is leased by a carrier on a short-term basis in order to respond to an emergency or to replace a bus that requires repairs due to an unforeseen mechanical failure.

Technical Requirements

Marginal note:Duty of carrier

 A carrier must ensure that any bus that it owns, operates or leases and any related facilities, including any amenities and equipment used in them, meet the requirements set out in this Division.

The following provision is not in force.

Marginal note:Lift

 A lift that is used to assist a person with a disability, including a person in a mobility aid, to board or disembark from a bus must

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (a) have handrails that are located on both sides of the lift and a slip-resistant surface; and

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (b) be capable of supporting a minimum weight of 272 kg.

The following provision is not in force.

Marginal note:Ramp or bridge plate

 A ramp or bridge plate that is used to assist a person with a disability, including a person in a mobility aid, to board or disembark from a bus must

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (a) have a contrasting colour strip that runs the full width of its bottom edge;

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (b) have raised edges to prevent a mobility aid from rolling off the edge of the ramp;

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (c) have a slip-resistant surface; and

  • The following provision is not in force.

    (d) be capable of supporting a minimum weight of 272 kg.

The following provision is not in force.

Marginal note:No level boarding

 If a bus terminal does not permit level boarding of a bus and there is no lift, ramp or bridge plate available at the bus terminal, the bus must be equipped with a lift, ramp or bridge plate.

The following provision is not in force.

Marginal note:Other stops

 If a bus makes a stop at any place that is not at a terminal and where passengers are permitted to board and disembark, the bus must be equipped with a lift, ramp or bridge plate.

Marginal note:Stairs

 Any stairs that are used to board or disembark from a bus, and any interior stairs on a bus, must

  • (a) meet the requirements set out in clauses 5.4.1 and 5.4.2 of CSA B651-18;

  • (b) have handrails that

    • (i) are located on both sides of the stairs,

    • (ii) are located at a uniform height of 860 mm to 920 mm, measured vertically from the leading edge of the tread, and

    • (iii) meet the requirements set out in clause 5.3.1 of CSA B651-18;

  • (c) have tactile attention indicator surfaces that

    • (i) meet the requirements set out in clauses 4.3.5.2(a) and (b), 4.3.5.3.1 and 4.3.5.3.4 of CSA B651-18,

    • (ii) are located at the top of the stairs, and

    • (iii) commence one tread length before the top of the stairs, extend the full width of the stairs and measure from 600 mm to 650 mm in length; and

  • (d) be equipped with lighting that accentuates the steps and handrails.

 
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