Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010

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Dear Wrexham County 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

foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear foi,

Please request clarification.

In response to my request,

"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."

you responded

"All Wrexham Hackney Carriages are Wheelchair accessible; a number of Private Hire Vehicles are Wheelchair Accessible. Please find the attached spreadsheet which records these."

and further,

"As all Wrexham licensed Hackneys are also designated as wheelchair accessible (through the provisions of Disability Discrimination Act) the requirement to keep a register for Hackney Carriages has been in place for some time, as per the requirements of the Town and Police Clauses Act."

That doesn't answer my question. I wanted to know if you have a S167 list, or if you intend to create a S167 list.

The DFT's statutory guidance has this to say about S167: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

"Before drivers can be subject to the duties under section 165 of the Act, the LA must first publish their list of designated vehicles, and clearly mark it as ‘designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act’. LAs should ensure that their designated lists are made easily available to passengers, and that vehicle owners and drivers are made aware. Lists should set out the details of the make and model of the vehicle, together with specifying whether the vehicle is a taxi or private hire vehicle, and stating the name of operator."

Do you have a list clearly marked "designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act", is it published, does it include the make, model, license type (taxi or PHV) and the name of the operator? If you do then you have a S167 list. If you don't then you don't have such a list. If you do not have a S167 list, then drivers in your area are not under the obligations set out in S165 of the Act.

You say "Compliance with Section 165 will be enforced through regular vehicle spot check inspections, monthly visits to operators, awareness raising and campaigns." But this doesn't make sense: as far as I can tell you don't have a S167 list and you haven't indicated any intent to create a S167 list, so S165 will have no impact in your council area and cannot be enforced.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Paulley

 

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relevant department asking them to provide the requested information.

 

I will continue to chase up until such time as you receive a response.  I
apologise on behalf of the Council for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Regards

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Paulley

 

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