Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010

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Dear Glasgow City 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

Customer Care Centre, Glasgow City Council

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Martyn Dewar left an annotation ()

Doug -

On the point of Glasgow the hackney operators have 100% wheelchair accessibility, albeit, you do, of course, pay the privilege there in comparison to a PHV.

http://www.glasgowtaxis.co.uk/passenger-...

At least two of the Private hire companies also have some WAVs, either in the form of a conventional WAV (Network, who hold the NHS and Glasgow school contracts), or a hackney (Hampden)- the latter, however, carry the same tariff as the more common hackney provider so you would probably want to bear that in mind if making an advance booking as the majority of the vehicles both of those operators have are not accessible.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

Thank you