Welsh local authorities' take-up of new anti-wheelchair-discrimination licensing powers

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Dear Welsh Government,

I have noticed that over the past 9 months there has been a considerable shift amongst Welsh taxi licensing authorities' approach to S165-167 of the Equality Act.

This new provision makes it a criminal offence for a driver of a wheelchair accessible taxi to refuse to take a wheelchair user or to charge them more etc., but only if the licensing body has created a statutory list of accessible taxis under its powers under S167.

There are now no Welsh authorities that are undecided whether to have such a list, and no Welsh authorities that have decided not to have a list. This is in marked contrast to English authorities, and (particularly) Scottish authorities; and it is also in marked contrast to the original approach of many Welsh authorities when the legislation was first introduced in April 2017.

I would like to know, if possible, what is responsible for that change in approach.

It's so systemic across Wales, and only across Wales, that I think it must be due to actions of some central, Wales-only administration, so I suspect it's the Welsh government's transport department.

Have you done something to cause this most welcome and comprehensive improvement in S167 take-up amongst Welsh taxi licensing local authorities? If so, what action did you take?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Dear Welsh Government,

What is happening with this request please? 20 working days have passed.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

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