Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010

Doug Paulley made this Freedom of Information request to Test Valley Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 312 authorities

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Dear Test Valley Borough 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

LegalDemocraticFOI, Test Valley Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley

Thank you for your “Freedom of Information” request dated and received on 19 April 2017. You will receive a response within 20 working days.

Kind regards

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LegalDemocraticFOI, Test Valley Borough Council

Dear Doug Paulley,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated and received on
the 19 April 2017.  This is being dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

The information requested is held by the Council.

 

Question:

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.

 

Answer:

We have produced a list covering a) and b).

 

Question:

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.

 

Answer:

Nil

 

Question:

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.

 

Answer:

Following the 2010 guidance we produced a list of operators of such
vehicles; the list did not detail specific vehicles. The current list does
include vehicle details and is available on our web site here.
[1]http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/business/li...

 

Question:

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.

 

Answer:

10 April 2017

 

Question:

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

 

Answer:

Standard reference wheelchair as defined in the recent DfT Guidance.

 

Question:

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

 

Answer:

Compliance will be dependent upon the local authority receiving
complaints. These will be investigated and action taken which is
proportionate to the complaint. This may involve prosecution or
alternatively could result in suspension or revocation of the driver’s
licence.

 

Question:

7) The list.

 

Answer:

Please refer to the link in the answer to question 3.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Test Valley Borough Council

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LegalDemocraticFOI, Test Valley Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley,

 

Thank you for your “Freedom of Information” request dated 04.11.17 and
received on 06.11.17.  You will receive a response within 20 working days.

 

Kind regards

 

Test Valley Borough Council

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Dear LegalDemocraticFOI,

Please use this email address for my FOI request of 04.11.17 - the email address from which I sent the FOI request:

[email address]

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley