According to The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law, intra-city buses must be accessible
An intra-city bus route is any route within one municipality or between a number of contiguous neighboring local jurisdictions
Inter-city buses are still not required to be accessible; in the future they will only be required to be sensorially accessible
Accessibility on Older Buses
- Older city buses (those that began operating before 2003) must include the following elements of accessibility:
- A sign on the front of the bus indicating the number of the bus line.
- Yellow-colored stop request buttons, hand grips and protrusions.
- Warning strips along all entrances/exits, as well as along the stairs.
- Three places to sit in the front part of the bus on both sides of the aisle for people with disabilities who do not require a wheelchair, one of which is for a blind person accompanied by a guide dog.
- Internal public address system to announce stops.
- These buses do not have the International Symbol of Access (logo of a person in a wheelchair), and they are intended to go out of service in the next few years.
Accessibility on Newer Buses
- Accessible buses that began operating after 2003 have low floors and are marked with the International Symbol of Access.
- These newer buses must have the following elements of accessibility in addition to those that were described above for older buses:
- Entrance doors wider than 100 cm.
- Wheelchair accessible ramp, as well as a mechanism to prevent the bus from moving while the ramp is being used.
- An appropriate place for a wheelchair with a special stop request button next to it.
- Means of keeping a wheelchair in place while the bus is moving (such as a safety belt).
- If the seats have armrests, they must be able to be raised in the seats designated for people with disabilities.
- Internal public address system for passengers inside the bus and external public address system for those waiting at stops.
- A sign on the front of the bus indicating the number and destination of the bus line, as well as signs on the the side facing the sidewalk and the back of the bus indicating the number of the bus line in yellow writing on a black background.
Drivers' Responsibilities on Accessible Buses
- The driver must announce the information about the upcoming stop inside the bus.
- The driver must announce the bus number outside the bus upon arriving at a stop.
- The driver must get as close as possible to the bus stop.
- The driver must be responsible for operating the automatic/manual ramp to allow someone in a wheelchair to board or exit the bus.
- The driver must open the ramp at the bus stop in order to allow the wheelchair onto the bus.
- The driver must secure a wheelchair after loading with the back of the wheelchair facing the direction the bus is moving.
Laws and Regulations
- The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law – Section 5 (Public Transportation Services)
- The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Regulations (Public Transportation Services Accessibility Arrangement), 5763-2003
- Rights and Entitlements on Public Transportation for People with Disabilities published by Bizchut and JDC Israel
- Accessibility in urban public transportation on the Ministry of Transport website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.