Disabled access to taxis examined

Plans to make access to taxis easier for disabled people are being looked at by the Government.

Taxis are used by many people with disabilities to help them to lead independent lives. Under the Disability Discrimination Act, it is against the law for taxi drivers to discriminate against disabled people and they have a responsibility to provide easy access for people in wheelchairs.

Now transport minister Paul Clark has launched a consultation looking for feedback on what improvements could be made to the design of vehicles and how taxi companies could offer a better service to people with mobility issues.

Mr Clark said: "I know that taxis are essential for many people with disabilities - helping them to live independent lives, and get more easily from A to B.

"That's why we're launching this consultation - to find ways of ensuring that taxis are available that meet people's needs."

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