Category Archive: Access

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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May 16

Manchester private hire drivers in bus lane protest

Private hire taxi drivers who claim it is unfair that they are not allowed to use bus lanes in Manchester are holding a go-slow protest through the city. The drivers say they are discriminated against as they are not allowed to stop in the lanes to pick up or drop off, while Hackney carriage drivers …

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Apr 30

Groundhog Day as Private-Hire drivers to stage convoy through Manchester in protest at bus-lane ban

Derek Brocklehurst, secretary of the Manchester Private Hire Association, says the demo is aiming to get drivers a ‘level playing field’ with black cab operators. A huge convoy of private-hire cars is to bring chaos to the streets of Manchester in protest at being barred from bus lanes. Private-hire drivers are furious that black cabs …

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