Wheelchair accessible vehicles

A requirement to maintain a designated list of wheelchair accessible vehicles as implemented by the Equality Act 2010 was approved by the Taxi and General Licensing Committee of the Council.

Publishing of a designated list places obligations on drivers of wheelchair accessible vehicles: -

  • To carry the passenger whilst in the wheelchair
  • Not make any additional charge for doing so
  • If the passenger chooses to sit in a passenger seat to carry the wheelchair
  • To take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the passenger is carried in safety and reasonable comfort; and
  • To give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required.

Mobility assistance is defined as follows: -

  • To enable the passenger to get into or out of the vehicle
  • If the passenger wishes to remain in the wheelchair, to enable the passenger to get into or out of the vehicle while in the wheelchair
  • To load the passenger’s luggage into or out of the vehicle
  • If the passenger does not wish to remain in the wheelchair, to load the wheelchair into or out of the vehicle.

When booking a wheelchair accessible taxi the public are advised to check with the operator that the vehicle can accommodate the particular type of wheelchair it is being booked to convey..

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