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Regulations for Barrier-free Environment Construction Approved
On Jun. 13, the Regulations for Barrier-free Environment Construction was approved in the No. 208 Executive Meeting of the State Council. Containing 6 chapters and 35 articles, the Regulations has taken effect since Aug. 1, 2012, which aims to create a barrier-free environment and to guarantee the equal participation of social members like the handicapped in social life.

The Regulations stipulates that the newly-built, rebuilt, and expanded roads, public buildings, public transport facilities, residential buildings, and residential areas in cities and towns should comply with the engineering and construction standards for barrier-free facilities. With regards to already-built roads, public buildings, public transport facilities, residential buildings, and residential areas that disaccord with the standards, government above county level should formulate and implement the renovation plan of barrier-free facilities. Meanwhile, the Regulations also stipulates that government above county level should give priorities to the renovation of barrier-free facilities in places like special education, rehabilitation, and social welfare institutions; the public service places of state organs; and the public places that provide transport, financial, postal, commercial, and tourism services.

The Regulations also makes relevant stipulations for the construction of barrier-free environment in main roads, main commercial areas, large-scale residential areas, as well as public transport vehicles like civil aircraft, passenger train, passenger ship, bus, and urban rail transit train. 

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