Use of accessible taxis and private hire to transport pupils

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Dear Leeds City Council,

Please tell me how many private hire wheelchair accessible taxis, minicabs and minibuses the Council commissions or uses to provide transport to schools for disabled pupils. For example, I know that most of the Rollinson Safeway / Airline Connections fleet is in use for this purpose. Perhaps give the statistics over the past year: the average and maximum number over the past academic year.

Please indicate what proportion of the private accessible taxi fleet in Leeds is in use for school transport. In particular, please tell me what proportion of the city's private accessible minibus cabs are used for school transport.

Please provide the Council's equality impact assessment for this usage, under the Equality Act's Public Sector Equality Duty. What is the overall impact? Like many disabled people, I experience difficulty booking wheelchair accessible taxis during schooldays, particularly ones with plenty of headspace and where I can face forwards. That's one impact, but is there also a positive impact that such taxis and minibus have a guaranteed demand caused by school runs, thus actually increasing the overall availability of accessible cabs in the city?

Please provide any information on the above.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

Dear Doug Paulley

Freedom of information request Ref 14915 : Private hire wheelchair accessible taxis used provide transport to schools

Thank you for your request for the above information which we received 31, August 2015. We will respond to your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have passed your request onto Saleem Aziz, Information Governance Officer, Corporate Information Governance, cc[Leeds City Council request email] who will arrange a response within the appropriate statutory time limit.

Please remember to quote reference number FOI 14915 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Paul Burns
Senior Information Governance Officer
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Corporate Information Governance, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR

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CCDPFOI, Leeds City Council

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Dear Doug Paulley

 

Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 14915)

 

I refer to the above and your request dated 31, August 2015. I have
contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to the
following request Private hire wheelchair accessible taxis used provide
transport to schools.

 

1.     Please tell me how many private hire wheelchair accessible taxis,
minicabs and minibuses the Council commissions or uses to provide
transport to schools for disabled pupils. For example, I know that most of
the Rollinson Safeway / Airline Connections fleet is in use for this
purpose. Perhaps give the statistics over the past year: the average and
maximum number over the past academic year.

 

Statistics for 14 / 15 academic year:

 

Standard Minibus People Carrier Tail-Lift Taxi
Average 50 23 57 125
Max 54 25 62 150

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.     Please indicate what proportion of the private accessible taxi
fleet in Leeds is in use for school transport. In particular, please tell
me what proportion of the city's private accessible minibus cabs are used
for school transport.

 

Taxi and Private Hire Licensing do not categorise in the same manner as
Passenger Transport who have supplied the information for questions 2 and
3, however the breakdown below details all current licensed fleet within
Leeds City Council.

 

TYPE Number of Vehicles
PHV - Non WAV - Up to 4 Seats 3500
PHV - WAV - 5 - 7 Seats 10
HCV - Non WAV - 5 - 7 Seats 4
HCV - Non WAV - 8+ Seats 1
PHV - WAV - 8+ Seats 61
PHV - Non WAV - 8+ Seats 162
PHV - Non WAV - 5 - 7 Seats 227
HCV - WAV - 5 - 7 Seats 92
PHV - WAV - Up to 4 Seats 19
HCV - Non WAV - Up to 4 Seats 273
HCV - WAV - Up to 4 Seats 165

 

PHV = Private Hire Vechicle

Non WAV = Non Wheeel-Chair Accessible Vechicle

HCV = Hackney carriage

WAV = wheelchair Accessible Vechicle

 

Passenger transport numbers = average per day over a year, and the max per
day over a year.

 
Standard minibus - Non WAV

 
People Carrier - Wav & Non WAV up to 6 / 7 seats

 
Tail lift = WAV

 
Taxi = standard saloon - Non WAV

 

3.     Please provide the Council's equality impact assessment for this
usage, under the Equality Act's Public Sector Equality Duty. What is the
overall impact? Like many disabled people, I experience difficulty booking
wheelchair accessible taxis during schooldays, particularly ones with
plenty of headspace and where I can face forwards. That's one impact, but
is there also a positive impact that such taxis and minibus have a
guaranteed demand caused by school runs, thus actually increasing the
overall availability of accessible cabs in the city?

 

 

Please see the attached documents.

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory. If however you are
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independent officer within Corporate Information Governance. They will
re-examine your request and assess whether we have adhered to the
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please address your concerns in writing to Saleem Aziz, Corporate
Information Governance, 2nd Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR or by
emailing cc[Leeds City Council request email].

 

You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to decide whether we have met with our
obligations under the act.  The Commissioner has however made it clear
that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals procedures
prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact the
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            Office of the Information Commissioner,

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You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
contact me on 0113 39 52734, or by return email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Saleem Aziz

Information Governance Officer

t: 0113 39 52734

e: [2]cc[Leeds City Council request email]

e: [3][email address]

w: [4]www.leeds.gov.uk

 

Corporate Information Governance, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall,
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Dear CCDPFOI,

Thank you for the info. I've blogged about this at http://www.kingqueen.org.uk/wheelchair-a... .

I wonder if you could please re-send the attachments. The way you've sent the attachments only works for Microsoft Outlook and isn't readable by others - see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u... .

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

CCDPFOI, Leeds City Council

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Dear Doug Paulley,

 

Please see the attached documents.

 

Kind regards

 

Saleem Aziz

Information Governance Officer

t: 0113 39 52734

e: cc[Leeds City Council request email]

e: [email address]

w: www.leeds.gov.uk

 

Corporate Information Governance, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall,
Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Information is everyone’s business and responsibility.”

 

 

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