Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

Closes 21 Apr 2024


We know that accessible travel can enable people to enjoy a better quality of life, feel more connected to their community and reduce social isolation. However, we understand that there can still be barriers to transport and travel for neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities. 

Not being able to travel easily, comfortably and safely will impact many areas of life such as employment, education and access to health, social care and day services, and basic needs like getting shopping and socialising.

What can the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill do?

An ambitious and wide ranging programme of work is already underway to make improvements for disabled people when travelling, and this work is being informed and influenced by people with lived experience.  

Whilst some aspects of transport are reserved to the UK Parliament and UK Government, there are some areas that we could explore in relation to the LDAN Bill: 

Proposal 1: National and Local Strategies

Regional transport Partnership’s (RTPs) were established to strengthen the planning and delivery of regional transport so that it better served the needs of people and businesses. They publish regional transport strategies specific to each region, supported by a delivery plan. RTPs bring together local authorities and others to take a strategic approach to transport in each region of Scotland.  We could consider requiring RTPs to set out in their transport strategies how the specific needs of neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities are being considered and met through travel information systems and accessibility initiatives.

We could also consider a requirement to set out in RTP travel strategies how staff across different modes of transport are being trained in disability awareness, how that training incorporates specific training on neurodivergence and learning disabilities, and the uptake of this.

Proposal 2: Mandatory training

Various actions and commitments around disability awareness training for transport staff are in place or are currently being progressed but is not a statutory requirement and is not necessarily consistent.

We have also set out in a previous section proposals for mandatory training for public sector staff on neurodivergence and learning disabilities, primarily in relation to health and social care staff, and have invited views on whether this requirement should be extended to other public sector areas. We could consider extending this requirement to transport staff in Scotland. 

Please tell us what you think.

Related information

Consultation Questions

The questions in this document refer to information contained in our consultation document and various alternative formats which can all be found here

You need only answer questions in the sections most relevant to you.

Which of these proposals do you agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Which of these proposals do you not agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Is there anything else that we should consider in relation to transport?