Judges of the Federal Administrative Court inspected a new double-deck train of the SBB at the Romanshorn train station on the afternoon of Tuesday, 15 May 2018. With the presence of nine persons with disabilities, they got an idea of the objections stated in a standing FV-Dosto train.
In addition to the parties of the proceedings, i.e. Inclusion Handicap, the Swiss Federal Railway (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen; SBB), the Federal Transport Authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr; BAV) and Bombardier Transportation GmbH, nine persons with disabilities attended the court inspection. Persons with impaired vision or hearing as well as wheelchair patients tested the installations that Inclusion Handicap believes not to comply with the legal requirements of the law on the equal treatment of persons with disabilities (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz). Subsequently, the relevant judges withdrew with the parties of the proceedings to answer further questions.
This on-site inspection was meant to give the judges an idea of the objections named on site. The Federal Administrative Court (FAC) has not passed any decision yet. The judgement will be issued in writing at a later date, not yet determined.
What happened so far
Inclusion Handicap, the umbrella association of the disability organisations of Switzerland submitted a complaint to the FAC in connection with the construction of the FV-Dosto trains of the SBB. It stated that unaccompanied persons with disabilities were facing too many obstacles in the new double-deck trains. The FAC subsequently withdrew the delaying effect from the complaint in its interim resolutions from 14 February 2018 and 6 March 20181. The court allowed the SBB to temporarily take the double-deck trains into operation by the end of November 2018.