Taxis: Wheelchairs

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the practice of taxi hire firms nominating cars suitable for wheelchairs as private hire taxis only thereby increasing the costs of taxi hire for disabled users.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Both taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide disabled people with an essential service, enabling them to complete door-to-door journeys where other forms of transport may not be accessible.

Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 ensures that drivers of designated wheelchair accessible taxis and PHVs cannot charge wheelchair users more than other passengers, and we encourage licensing authorities to take the steps necessary to ensure the rules apply to drivers in their area.

Authorities should also use their existing powers to ensure that taxi and PHV fleets include an appropriate mix of vehicles to ensure the service they provide is accessible to wheelchair users and other disabled people.

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