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Jan 31, 2018

Hungary’s supreme court has upheld FVB's decision to allow a referendum on wheelchair access on the M3 metro line

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said there are several solutions to provide wheelchair accessibility and the council will make every effort to help the disabled

Hungary’s supreme court (the Kúria) has upheld the Budapest Election Committee’s (FVB) decision to allow a referendum on wheelchair access on the M3 metro line.

According to MTI, the Kúria said that the referendum lived up to the requirement for legal clarity and comprehensibility by the electorate.

The M3 metro line, which is currently being refurbished, is one of Budapest’s busiest and most important connecting lines.

Socialist Budapest Assembly member Csaba Horváth submitted the referendum bid in December, with the question: “Do you support ensuring the full accessibility of all stations of the M3 metro line during its upgrade in 2017-2020 according to the provisions prescribed in Section 2 (1) of Act LXXVIII of 1997?”

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós if the plebiscite is successful, it will not oblige the metropolitan council to build an elevator at every station because the Socialists asked the wrong question.

He added that there are several solutions to provide wheelchair accessibility and the council will make every effort to help the disabled.