Category Archive: Wheelchair access

Jun 21

Cambridge City Council is ignoring government advice on wheelchair-accessible taxis

Cambridge City Council is leaving wheelchair users taking taxis open to higher charges, no assistance getting on and off and even being refused a trip, it is claimed. The authority does not have a list of accessible taxis under section 167 of the Equality Act 2010, despite it being strongly recommended by the government in …

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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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Oct 22

Union plans legal action over council wheelchair taxi dispute

A taxi drivers’ union is planning to take legal action against Dundee City Council in a row over wheelchair accessible vehicles. GMB Scotland has made the decision amid a three-year dispute with the council. The current system — which the GMB describes as a “two-tier workforce” — requires some drivers to buy wheelchair accessible vehicles, which …

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Sep 19

Commons Questions

Taxis: Disability Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th September 2016. Rob Marris Shadow Minister (Treasury) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of accessible taxis. Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) Government is committed to giving disabled people the same access …

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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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May 26

Taxi driver fined for picking up disabled passenger in Carlisle city centre

A furious taxi driver has vowed to appeal against a parking ticket he was issued while picking up a disabled passenger. A traffic warden issued Jimmy Shankland a £70 parking ticket as he waited for Jack and Jean Hood outside the post office on Scotch Street, Carlisle city centre, just before 11am on Friday. Although …

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May 12

Commons Questions – Law Commission / Fit & Proper / Equality Act

Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2016 to Question 25870, how many (a) officials and (b) other staff are working on the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s recommendations on taxi and private hire vehicle legislation.   Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary …

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Apr 05

Aberdeen cabbies must make all vehicles ‘wheelchair accessible’

Taxi drivers in Aberdeen could soon be forced to make their vehicles wheelchair-accessible, despite objections from union bosses. There has been growing opposition to the city council’s current plans, which will mean all hackney drivers have to adhere to the new regulations by next year. Unite has claimed there is already sufficient provision in the …

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Mar 31

Carlisle taxi driver’s licence suspended for not securing wheelchair passenger

A CARLISLE taxi driver has had his licence suspended for six weeks after admitting that he failed to securely fasten a wheelchair passenger. Mario Gomes, of Merith Avenue in Botcherby, Carlisle, appeared before the city council’s regulatory committee following a complaint made by one of his passengers, Carol Topliss. But despite councillors opting to suspend …

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Mar 31

Taxi drivers face legal duty to carry wheelchair users

Taxis are to be given a legal duty to carry wheelchair-using passengers – 20 years after the law was first approved by Parliament. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said he aimed to implement anti-discrimination measures by the end of the year after bowing to pressure to end two decades of inaction. The move came hours before …

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