A lawsuit filed by Democracy Forward on behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America, may finally spur the US Department of Transportation’s rulemaking on accessible lavatories for single-aisle aircraft.

The DOT stated in its court filing on Monday it’s planning to issue a proposed rule by December 2019 about airplane bathroom accessibility for travelers with disabilities. The DOT admitted in court papers that accessible lavatories have not been “a top priority.”

PVA, which participates in the DOT’s ACCESS Advisory committee, stated in its suit, progress towards rulemaking for accessible bathrooms on single-aisle aircraft was long-delayed and then thwarted in 2018. The suit claimed deliberate inaction by the DOT.

“Access to a restroom should be a basic human right, but for nearly two years the Department of Transportation has failed to follow Congress’s mandate to move forward with a rulemaking aimed at addressing restroom inaccessibility on airplanes,” said Paralyzed Veterans of America and Democracy Forward, in a statement.

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