The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) was established in 2002 and is an advisory non departmental public body. The Convener and Members are appointed by the Minister for Transport and the Islands.
MACS was formally constituted under section 72 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001. Prior to this advice was provided by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) on a UK wide basis and there was no equivalent Scottish body.
The role of MACS is set out in the Act as being to:
- consider matters about the needs of disabled persons in connection with transport that the committee think are appropriate
- advise the Scottish Ministers about those matters that the committee think are appropriate.
The Committee has members with various skills, knowledge and experience gained through their fields of expertise and lived experiences. Members have collective responsibility for the effective operation of MACS, and are led by the Convener.
The Convener gives active and effective leadership, direction, support and guidance to ensure that MACS delivers its functions effectively and efficiently, consistent with Ministers’ priorities.
The MACS Annual Report for 2017-18 has now been published on the Transport Scotland website and can be found by clicking on the link below: