Disabled people to petition Administrative Court for equal right on bus travels

About 500 disabled people, 300 of them in wheelchairs, gathered at the Police Auditorium on Vibhavadee Rangisit road yesterday calling for equal rights on the city bus travels. They vowed to petition the Administrative Court if their call was not met by the state bus organization.

The call was made after the BMTA held a hearing on its progress on its plan to procure a total of 3,183 NGV-fueled buses.

The disabled people wanted the BMTA to change its Term of Reference on the procurement, explaining that the bus fleets, both cool and hot buses, must be semi-low floored or 40 centimeter above the ground to support all people with disabilities air-conditioned. They also said BMTA should not claim flooding in the capital as an excuse not to buy low-floored buses as flooding is the problem that will be tackled by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and not BMTA.

They then asked the BMTA to revise the TOR.

However BMTA deputy director Nares Boompium  promised to forward their demand to the BMTA executive board and the transport Ministry for further consideration.

Mr Nares said that TOR has been drawn within the boundary of law and transparent.

Of the total 3,183 buses to be purchased, he said, 1,524 are cool buses.

He expected the BMTA would open the selling of bidding document within a week and procurement deal signed next month. The delivery of the first lot of 250 buses would be expected in August next year, and by August 2015 all buses would be delivered.

His clarification angered  the disabled people who vowed to bring their complaint to the Administrative Court to halt the BMTA’s procurement plan.