Railways to Set Aside Designated Seats for the Disabled
Railway authorities will be setting aside special seats and berths for the disabled. Each train will have five seats labeled with the sign ‘disabled only’ and located either near doors or washrooms for the convenience of handicapped passengers.
All Chinese trains will soon feature the seats and must follow the new policy but in each train the number of disabled seats may vary. The railway authorities have not released any announcements whether special tickets will go on sale. Although considered good news for the disabled it is still short on the demand since the population of handicapped persons in China has reached 82.96 million, which is around 6.34 percent of the country’s population.
Traveling by train is far cheaper than driving or flying, and since train tickets have not increased since 1995, its prices are already too low to be discounted for the disabled with additional discounts given by the railway companies already well beyond their capacity.