Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010

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Dear Forest Heath District Council,

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a list of wheelchair accessible:
a) taxis
and
b) private hire vehicles
under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many have been put in since.

3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167, “although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the current list.

If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following.

4) The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so.

5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list.

6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165.

7) The list.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

foi, Forest Heath District Council

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prs.support, Forest Heath District Council

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Dear Doug Paulley

 

I refer to your request for information dated the 19^th April 2017. 

 

As you may be aware, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath
District Council are working together under the banner West Suffolk to
provide a shared service across the boundaries of both authorities.  This
response is sent on behalf of the West Suffolk councils.

 

Request

           

Dear Forest Heath District Council,

 

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a
list of wheelchair accessible:

a) taxis

and

b) private hire vehicles

under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

 

2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for
medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act
2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please
identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many
have been put in since.

 

3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible
taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's
guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167,
“although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in
law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to
start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising
with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce
such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the
current list.

 

If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private
hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following.

 

4)  The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so.

 

5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list.

 

6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165.

 

7) The list.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Doug Paulley

 

 

Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

[1][FOI #401948 email]

 

 

Response

 

1.        We did have a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles available
on our website for the Forest Heath area          since 2015 which is now
being updated along with St Edmundsbury area. We have taken them off the
       website during our updates. This will be available on our website
once it has been completed.

 

2.        We have had no drivers apply for exemptions to date.

 

3.        Only Forest Heath had the voluntary list from 2015 which I have
attached.

 

4.        The new list will be available within the next 2 months once we
have identified the specifics of the     vehicles which leads onto answer
no. 5.

 

5.        The list will show whether the vehicle can take passengers
within their wheelchairs or if there is      assistance for a disabled
passenger travelling with a wheelchair but not being transported within
it.

 

6.        We have just adopted a new taxi handbook which outlines S165
legislation and the penalties for         breaches. This is on our website
under related documents:
[2]http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/Business/R...

 

          All drivers will have a mandatory training input on transporting
passengers in wheelchairs. All drivers    who drive wheelchair accessible
vehicles will have to have a practical driving assessment with an approved
DVSA instructor.

 

7.        The list will be available within the next couple of months when
it is complete, this is a timely exercise as    we are introducing
mandatory training for the drivers. Statutory Guidance allows councils up
to 6       months to complete as stated on page 7.
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review
of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.

 

If, after an internal review, you are still unhappy with the decision, you
have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following
address:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire  SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 01625 545 745

Fax: 01625 524 510

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Yours sincerely

 

FOI Coordinator

 

 

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Halliday, Teresa, Forest Heath District Council

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Dear Mr Paulley,

 

I refer to your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office in
respect of a failure by Forest Heath District Council to review your
request for information.  I now attach the Council’s response for your
information.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further assistance
in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Teresa Halliday

 

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