York's Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010

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Dear City of York 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@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Boxall, Matthew, City of York Council

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Matt Boxall | Acting Head of Public Protection
t: 01904 551528 | e: [1][email address]
 
City of York Council | Public Protection
Hazel Court Eco Depot, James Street, York, YO10 3DS
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Dear Boxall, Matthew,

Thank you,

You state that you intend to create a S167 list but haven't said when. Please could you indicate your intended or projected date for doing so? For example, are you working towards the DFT suggested deadline of 6th October 2017?

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

Boxall, Matthew, City of York Council

Dear Doug,

My aim is September, but it is subject to workload. I would however be grateful if you didn't put this information into the wider public domain.

Unfortunately I couldn't answer the question in a freedom of information act response as the act entitles people to ask for information we hold (not to have answers to questions).

I trust that deals with it in any event.

Kind Regards

Matt

Matt Boxall | Acting Head of Public Protection
t: 01904 551528 | e: [email address]

City of York Council | Public Protection
Hazel Court Eco Depot, James Street, York, YO10 3DS
www.york.gov.uk | facebook.com/cityofyork |@CityofYork

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Dear Boxall, Matthew,

Thank you for this.

I made my FOI request through WhatDoTheyKnow; that means that your reply was also sent via WhatDoTheyKnow, which automatically publishes such responses on its website. As such I'm afraid their system automatically published your intended S167 implementation date when you sent the email; see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/y... .

This is an experience I had attempting to secure a taxi in York city centre yesterday morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3BoUfI...

That S167 list is indeed much needed!

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

Boxall, Matthew, City of York Council

Dear Doug,

Thank you for letting me know. Regarding the list, we really do wish it was already available - as I say hopefully by September!

I am however concerned by the video you have posted and would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss this further, would it be possible to give me a call please.

Kind Regards

Matt Boxall | Acting Head of Public Protection
t: 01904 551528 | e: [email address]

City of York Council | Public Protection
Hazel Court Eco Depot, James Street, York, YO10 3DS
www.york.gov.uk | facebook.com/cityofyork |@CityofYork

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