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Government write to local authorities on Inclusive Transport Strategy

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Government write to local authorities on Inclusive Transport Strategy 6th August 2018

The Government has written to local authorities on
their Inclusive Transport Strategy including their plans for improved
accessibility in taxis and private hire vehicles.

In the letter, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of
State, Nusrat Ghani MP, said: “I am clear that where authorities have
the powers necessary to improve services for disabled passengers they
should be using them, and I will write to all
local licensing authorities later in the year to understand better the
steps they are taking to challenge discrimination and to support an
inclusive service.

“I also wanted to write to you about the
accessibility of any taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) services which
your authority may be responsible for licensing. Such services play a
vital role in helping disabled people to remain independent
and to complete door-to-door journeys, yet all too often they are
inaccessible to those who rely upon them.”

The letter said that licensing authorities should
play their part in ensuring that the taxi and PHV services they support
meet the needs of passengers wishing to use them, including:

  • Publishing lists of taxis and PHVs
    designated as being “wheelchair accessible” for the purposes of Section
    167 of the Equality Act 2010;

  • Prosecuting drivers for discriminating
    against assistance dog owners and wheelchair users, where sufficient
    evidence exists to do so, and applying appropriate licensing sanctions; 
  • Reviewing the demand for wheelchair
    accessible taxis and PHVs in your area, and taking steps to ensure that
    the composition of fleets reflects this need; and
  • Requiring all taxi and PHV drivers to complete disability awareness training.

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