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Taxis: Wheelchairs

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL532, tabled on 23 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in implementing section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 which places a duty on taxi drivers to assist passengers who are wheelchair users.

Answered on

26 June 2014

In February 2014, I instructed officials to carry out a survey, through the Disability Action Alliance, in order to provide Ministers with a better understanding of the range of issues facing wheelchair users when using taxis or PHVs around the country. I have shared the survey with Ministerial colleagues and discussions are continuing across Government on how best to address this issue.

In addition, the Law Commission's recently published (23rd May 2014) comprehensive review of taxi legislation also considered this matter and the Government will be responding to this document in due course.