Category Archive: Wheelchair access

Aug 21

Taxi wheelchair rules in North East Lincolnshire changed

Taxi drivers in North East Lincolnshire will no longer be required to buy wheelchair friendly vehicles. The council voted to change its regulations and allow a “mixed fleet” of cabs. It means that drivers with existing saloon cars can replace them with similar models without wheelchair access. A local disability rights campaigner said all taxis …

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May 03

Taxi victory for campaign group

Tom Walsh, who campaigned against higher taxi charges for wheechair-users Taxi drivers who are charging up to double the normal fare for wheelchair users have been warned they face prosecution. Private hire companies are being told by Bradford Council they have six months to comply with equality regulations and stop charging the higher rates. It …

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Apr 30

Fears voiced over rear loading taxi decision

OBJECTIONS to a council decision to allow the use of rear-loading vehicles as taxis have been voiced by a disability group. The move, passed by Slough Borough Council on Monday last week, allows rear-loading vehicles to operate as taxis, whereas previously only side-loading vehicles were licensed. Daphne White from Disability Together, in Apsley House, Stratfield …

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Apr 20

Prepared to take the Risk?

Prepared to take the Risk? Wayne Casey The views expressed in this column are not those of the National Taxi Association   The taxi trade owe an awful lot to unsung heroes. I am relatively lucky, I can write an article in this magazine and extol my excellence, others, who do infinitely harder work, never …

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Apr 12

Aberdeen Council to re-regulate numbers and go 100% WAV?

The licensing committee of Aberdeen council is to meet on Tuesday 17th April to discuss and resolve taxi numbers and taxi licensing policy within the area. At its November 2011 meeting the Licensing Committee considered a presentation and a Taxi Demand Survey  by the Transport Research Institute, Taxi Studies Group, Edinburgh Napier University. The committee during …

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Mar 24

Manchester taxi driver refuses wheelchair passenger

A cabbie could lose his taxi licence after refusing to take a passenger because he was in a wheelchair. Winston Bourne, of Gorston Walk, Wythenshawe, was waiting in his black cab in the city centre when he was approached by Brian Gaskell and girlfriend Vanessa Daley. Former mechanic Brian, 47, was left permanently paralysed after …

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Mar 15

Chichester cabbies unhappy at change to taxi rules

Moving away from a set of licensing conditions for hackney carriages after 25 years could put public safety at risk, taxi drivers in Chichester have warned. The district council’s licensing committee voted to remove the London Conditions of Fitness (LCOF) that all hackney carriages currently comply with and form a group to set new conditions. …

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Mar 09

Taxi drivers want to end ban on non-disabled access cars

Hackney carriage drivers calling for an end to a ban on non-wheelchair accessible vehicles have been told they will have to wait for the results of a national review. Wokingham Borough Council’s licensing and appeals committee discussed a request from drivers of hackney carriages to change the current policy of having a fleet of wheelchair …

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Jan 05

New York: Hailing the Wrong Taxi?

  WHEELCHAIR users have long been deprived of a quintessential New York City experience: riding in a taxi. So after years of discussion, litigation and experimentation, the governor and the mayor of New York last month announced a deal to put 2,000 wheelchair-accessible cabs on the streets, setting aside up to $54 million in subsidies …

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Nov 21

Wheelchair access ‘just not needed’ in Wokingham

The owner of a private hire taxi firm in Wokingham has jumped to the defence of drivers unhappy at the idea of being asked to drive wheelchair accessible vehicles in the future. Paul Kennedy, owner of Bees Taxis, believes both private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers across the borough should be allowed to continue taking …

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