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Accessible vehicles

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Since 2004 we have only purchased accessible vehicles.

Some figures:

  • All of De Lijn’s own buses will become accessible in the course of 2020.
  • The operators will follow a little later.
  • New trams are replacing the inaccessible PCC trams. 85% of trams will be accessible by 2025.
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Facilities on an accessible vehicle

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The ramp helps wheelchair users to bridge the difference in level between the lowered floor of the vehicle and the elevated platform. If necessary, the ramp is extended or unfolded outwards and the bus kneels to make the slope less steep. The stop must be raised for it to be possible to use the ramp.
Accessible buses and trams have a clearly recognisable wheelchair space. One wheelchair can go in this space comfortably and safely. The stop request button and alarm button are within reach.
On the bus and tram there are reserved seats close to the door for people with reduced mobility. They are identified with a pictogram. The passenger code requires passengers to give up these seats for people with reduced mobility, older people or pregnant women.
To increase the safety of less mobile passengers, recent buses and trams have a special stop request button. This button ensures that the doors do not close automatically.
The Coastal Tram and the new trams in Ghent and Antwerp use spoken and written stop announcements. The next stop is shown on an illuminated screen and is announced.
The steps, hand grips, poles and edges of the vehicles are marked with bright colours.