Tuesday 7 February 2017 / 12:07 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Andrew Gwynne response to new rules new rules from the DFT covering access to taxis for disabled people

Andrew
Gwynne, Labour’s shadow minister without portfolio
, commenting on new rules from the
DFT covering access to taxis for disabled people, said:

“It is
welcoming to see the Government taking a positive step to help to prevent some
of the discrimination faced by wheelchair users, finally bringing into force
this aspect of the Equality Act of 2010.

“This new
rule matches those already in place to prevent discrimination against users of
assistance dogs, but still in the last year YouGov research showed that 42% of
assistance dog owners reported being turned away by a taxi or minicab

“Labour’s
Disability Equality Roadshow is touring the country, listening to disabled
people, many of whom have raised discrimination as an issue.

“Unfortunately
the Private Members Bill I introduced earlier this year to fix this problem was
talked out by the Government, but I trust the Accessibility action plan will
take on the recommendations suggested within my Bill.“