New laws coming into effect on the 6th April will see it become illegal for wheelchair-accessible private hire taxis and black cabs to refuse entry to wheelchair passengers.
Taxi drivers found breaking this law will be hit with a fine of £1000 and have their license either suspended or outright revoked. In addition, they will also face the same measures if caught inflating fares or failing to assist wheelchair passengers.
The law, which prevents discrimination against wheelchair users, is expected to make travel and transport far easier for sufferers. Transport Minister Andrew Jones stated:
“We want to build a country that works for everyone, and part of that is ensuring disabled people have the same access to services and opportunities as anyone else – including when it comes to travel.
People who use wheelchairs are often heavily reliant on taxis and private hire vehicles
“People who use wheelchairs are often heavily reliant on taxis and private hire vehicles and this change to the law will mean fair and equal treatment for all.”
The law will apply to all taxis and private hire taxis in England, Scotland and Wales, with those unable to provide assistance due to their own medical issues being advised to apply to their licensing authority for exemption.