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Court Orders Skytrain to Accommodate Disabled Passengers

The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that Bangkok’s skytrain system must install more elevators and other equipment to assist its disabled passengers.

The ruling followed a lawsuit by a group of wheelchair-bound citizens against the operators of the the skytrain, known officially as the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS).

Currently, only five of 23 BTS stations are equipped with elevators for disabled passengers: Siam, Mo Chit, Chong Nonsri, National Stadium, and On Nut – one elevator for each station. No BTS station provides slopes for wheelchairs.

The lower Administrative Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2009 on the ground that the 2001 legislation protecting the rights of disabled citizens was enacted six years after the BTS system was built. However, the prosecutors appeal the verdict, and the Supreme Administrative Court overturned the ruling today.

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