In line with The Equality Act 2010, certain duties are imposed upon drivers of designated taxi or private hire vehicles which have been hired either by or for a disabled person who is in a wheelchair, or by another person who wishes to be accompanied by a disabled person who is in a wheelchair.
The duties are:
• to carry the passenger while in the wheelchair
• not to 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
• to give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required.
Mobility assistance is defined as assistance:
• 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 and 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.
It is also worth noting that a driver of a designated taxi or designated private hire vehicle commits an offence by failing to comply with a duty imposed on the driver by this section.
The Designated List (in line with S.167 of the Act) can be found on our website (link below).
Further information on the Equality Act 2010 and specifically S.165 is available online.
Page owner: Henry Ascoli. Last updated: 11/12/2017 15:38