Taxis: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered am ar 22 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of requiring that taxi firms provide vehicles suitable for people with disabilities during each of their shift patterns.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The responsibility for taxi accessibility policy in Northern Ireland is devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive. We recognise that the provision of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) in taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) fleets in England, however, varies considerably between areas, and that in some it may be inadequate to satisfy demand from wheelchair users. We also recognise that WAVs are difficult for some people to use and may not provide a universally accessible solution. In November we published best practice guidance for local licensing authorities in England, recommending they licence a mixed fleet of vehicles, whilst ensuring that WAV provision is sufficient to meet demand. We also propose to publish a Call for Evidence, seeking to understand the barriers that disabled taxi and PHV users face and options for addressing them.

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