Category Archive: Access

Sep 06

Councillors meet today to decide whether to push ahead with implementing the drive, first agreed in 1994, to make all Granite City cabs wheelchair accessible.

But the ruling has long provoked anger, with taxi drivers arguing they have to shell out thousands on the new vehicles – despite many disabled customers being unable to use them. New legal advice from the UK government has also revealed that there is “no mandatory requirement” for the rule from a legal standpoint. The …

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Aug 30

Breckland District Council responds to taxi access warning

Research released by Muscular Dystrophy UK named Breckland District Council among a list of 15 local authorities in East Anglia which it claims have no current plans to respond to a law change. But, council chiefs say “members felt that further national guidance was needed in order to reach an informed decision” on how to …

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Jul 07

Taxi drivers ‘are being fined £200 for picking up passengers at Cheltenham Railway Station’

They say they keep being caught out by the automatic numberplate recognition system Taxi drivers Pete Ballinger and Neil Harvey outside Cheltenham Railway Station. Taxi drivers allegedly face hundreds of pounds in fines because they keep being charged for dropping off and picking up people at Cheltenham Railway Station. Three drivers from Andy Cars in …

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Feb 10

St Albans taxi drivers refuse to transport Thameslink commuter because of his wheelchair

Another shocking tale of discriminatory behaviour by taxi drivers has emerged in St Albans, after a man with brittle bones disease revealed that some cabbies point-blank refuse to transport him. The upsetting revelation was aired at a public meeting at St Albans district council, during a forum on Thameslink services. Dominic ‘Dom’ Hyams, of Harpenden, …

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Dec 19

Refused taxi ride because of guide dog

Paralympic double gold medal winner Libby Clegg, 26, suffers from Stargardt disease, a rare inherited condition that leads to the loss of central TAXI drivers in Loughborough have left a Paralympic double gold medal winner stranded on the side of the road – because they didn’t want her guide dog in the car. And the …

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Dec 08

Bristol: Taxi drivers filmed turning away disabled passengers

Taxi drivers in Bristol are breaking the law by turning away some disabled passengers, an ITV investigation has found. The City Council says it will launch an inquiry after we filmed hackney drivers telling a woman in a wheelchair they couldn’t give her a lift. Kate Sweetman, who uses an electric wheelchair because she has …

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Nov 19

Calls for taxi drivers to undergo disability awareness training

Research shows nearly half of guide dog owners have been illegally refused a ride in the past year because of their animal. That’s what MPs are discussing with the introduction of a Private Members Bill by Andrew Gwynne MP that is being debated in Parliament today. According to the Guide Dogs charity, there is an ongoing …

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Oct 07

Carlisle cabbie wins five-month fight to get parking fine quashed

A cabbie given a £70 parking ticket as he picked up a pensioner in a wheelchair has won his battle to have the fine quashed. Jimmy Shankland, 61, was furious when a traffic warden slapped the fine on his taxi’s windscreen – despite knowing he was about to pick up an elderly couple from outside …

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Sep 14

Leeds taxi and private hire firms ‘treat disabled people as second-class citizens’

Disabled people in Leeds are being treated like “second-class citizens” by taxi and private hire firms, a campaigner has claimed. Nathan Popple, who has severe disabilities due to cerebral palsy, claims to have been quoted £108 for a one-way trip in a wheelchair accessible car for a 5.6 mile journey from his Adel home to …

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Sep 07

Taxi drivers threaten strike action over Cambridge rail station plans fearing ‘chaos’ and clashes

Taxi drivers are threatening strike action and launched a petition to save Cambridge station rank fearing “chaotic” scenes and clashes with other road users if it is moved. Cambridge Hackney Carriage Association, which represents more than 200 taxi drivers, fears changes at the rail station will mean they are being sidelined as transport bosses “pander …

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