Spain: CERMI Advocates for Universal Accessibility of Charging Stations
Europe, Transportation, Universal Design, July 23 2021
The Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (Cermi) has urged the Secretary of State for Energy of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and for the Demographic Challenge to normatively regulate the conditions of universal accessibility in the design, implementation and execution of calls colloquially “Electrolineras”.
Given the expansion of these energy supply points for the fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles , the increase of which will be constant in the coming years until displacing the traditional combustion engine car, for Cermi it is “essential” that recharging spaces are “fully accessible” for all types of drivers, both people with disabilities and the elderly.
As he points out, electric stations “must meet accessibility and design conditions for all people” , in such a way that any user of them can use them “autonomously, comfortably and safely, without exclusion due to disability or advanced age” .
This objective is to make the new electricity stations accessible, for which Cermi believes that it is “necessary” to have a state regulation, now non-existent, applicable to the entire territory and that specifies the technical parameters of accessibility and usability.
For Cermi, “it is not possible to allow new facilities and services to emerge, such as electric stations, which in a short time will be the familiar landscape for all drivers, without being accessible. “Sustainability is also and, above all, social”, he indicates.