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Taxis: Disabled

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department is taking to promote the provision of taxis accessible to disabled people including wheelchair users. (142004)

The Department for Transport issued advice to taxi licensing authorities on 9 September 2002 which included factors they should consider in relation to improving access for disabled people. In November 2006, the Department also issued Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Best Practice Guidance which contains a section on improving accessibility of taxis. Further announcements will be made in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision his Department is making to ensure that disabled people are involved in an evaluation of options regarding his Department’s policy on the provision of taxis that are accessible to disabled people. (142005)

The Department has received a number of representations from organisations representing disabled people, individuals, licensing authorities and vehicle manufacturers which will help to inform the development of the policy on improving access to taxis. In addition the Department has regular discussions with the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. Formal consultations will take place once options have been firmed up.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government expect to introduce regulations on accessible taxis under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. (142007)

The Government recognise the vital role taxis play in the transport of disabled people, and are committed to bringing forward requirements for accessible taxis.

Consideration is currently being given as to how best this might be achieved, and this will comprise evaluation of all of the options, including both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.