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Goverment indicate support for mandatory disability awareness training Published Date: 01/01/0001

In response to a question in Parliament, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Transport indicated support for mandatory disability awareness training.

Catherine West, MP, asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary if the Government will require taxi and minicab drivers to complete disability equality training.

Trudy Harrison MP responded:

"Effective disability awareness training can help ensure that taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers have the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide passengers with appropriate assistance, so that they can travel independently and with confidence.

"The Department wants every local licensing authority to require taxi and PHV drivers to complete this training, and will make this clear in updated best practice guidance, due to be published for consultation later in the year.

"The Government also remains committed to introducing mandatory disability awareness training for taxi and PHV drivers through new National Minimum Standards for licensing authorities when Parliamentary time allows."