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Guidance on Duty to carry Wheelchair using passengers now published by DfT

21/02/2017

Guidance on Duty to carry Wheelchair using passengers now published by DfT

Andrew Jones MP has now signed the Commencement Order which will bring the remaining parts of Sections 165 and 167 of the Equality Act 2010 into force on the 6th April 2017.

 

DfT have published guidance for licensing authorities to help with implementation and the guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-for-wheelchair-users-to-taxis-and-private-hire-vehicles

 

 Clearly the new provisions can only have their intended effect with the support of licensing authorities and the taxi and private hire trades, and DfT hope that their guidance will help authorities understand their role in implementing the requirements. The guidance document provides advice on:

-Maintaining lists of vehicles designated as wheelchair accessible;

-Handling applications from drivers for exemption from the requirements;

-Transitioning from existing arrangements to those covered by the Equality Act.   

 

DfT are also in the process of developing regulations to set out the form of the exemption notices that should be displayed by drivers that have been exempted from the new duties on medical grounds.

 

DfT will be in touch again closer to April 2017 about the exemption notices and procedure for making them available to authorities.  

 

All queries on this matter should be addressed to:

Tahnia Ahmed  Deputy Buses Bill Manager,

Buses and Taxis 

2/14, Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road,

London, SW1P 4DR  

07585 992248       

Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk   

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