Designated wheelchair accessible vehicles
In line with the Equality Act 2010, section 165, if you hire a designated hackney carriage or designated private hire vehicle as a wheelchair user, you can expect the driver:
- to carry the passenger while in the wheelchair
- not to make any additional charge for doing so
- if the passenger chooses to sit in a passenger seat to carry the wheelchair
- to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the passenger is carried in safety and reasonable comfort and
- to give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required
The Act goes on to define mobility assistance as assistance:
- to enable the passenger to get into or out of the vehicle
- if the passenger wishes to remain in the wheelchair, to enable the passenger to get into and out of the vehicle while in the wheelchair
- to load the passenger’s luggage into or out of the vehicle and
- if the passenger does not wish to remain in the wheelchair, to load the wheelchair into or out of the vehicle
It is also worth noting that a driver of a designated hackney carriage or designated private hire vehicle commits an offence by failing to comply with a duty imposed on the driver by this section.
List of designated vehicles
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