April 13, 2017 at 4:02 PM
From today a new law comes in which could see taxi and private hire drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra. Announced back in February by Transport Minister Andrew Jones, the new legislation means private hire drivers could face fines or lose their taxi licences if they discriminate against the disabled.
They will be obliged by the law to transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair, provide passengers in wheelchairs with appropriate assistance, and charge wheelchair users the same as non-wheelchair users. The new rules will affect vehicles which are designated as wheelchair accessible and will apply to both taxis and private hire vehicles. The problem for most disabled people is that they will be charged more to travel the same distance than a person who is able-bodied.