Commission welcomes Government announcement to make taxis accept and assist wheelchair users

Published: 05 May 2016

Commenting in response to the announcement that the government will commence sections 165 and 167 of the Equality Act 2010 this year, which will impose duties on taxis to accept and assist wheelchair users without extra cost, Lord Holmes of Richmond, EHRC Disability Commissioner said:

'We welcome today’s announcement, which is long overdue, and will finally give disabled people the right to travel by taxi on an equal basis. While this is a step in the right direction, there are still many provisions of the Equality Act which have not been brought into force. The Commission will continue to press government to fulfil its responsibility to remove the barriers which hold disabled people back, and place accessibility at the top of its agenda.'

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