LegislationThe Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 makes it unlawful for service providers, landlords and other persons to discriminate against disabled people in certain circumstances.
Part III of the act, which came into force on 1 October 2004, stipulates that service providers may have to make other “reasonable adjustments” in relation to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access. It is our belief that these “adjustments” include the provision of lifting equipment to provide disabled visitors with the means of transit from boat to shore and vice versa. Indeed, this is borne out by the RYA Sailability Brief Guide No 4 (Pontoons and Landing Stages).
Another excellent source of information and direction concerning responsibilities under the DDA is the Disabilities Rights Commission. Their site includes a Codes of Practice and FAQs.