Two minicab drivers prosecuted for refusing guide dog in their private hire cars » National Taxi Association

Two minicab drivers prosecuted for refusing guide dog in their private hire cars » National Taxi Association

Two minicab drivers from Bristol have been prosecuted for refusing to allow a registered blind man to take his guide dog in their cars. Andrew Goddard of Badgers Walk, Brislington, booked a car to take him and his guide dog, Sammy, to a social event at the Louisiana pub in the city centre. But two drivers refused to take him to the event in their private hire cars before he was eventually taken to the venue by a third driver. As a result, Mr Goddard arrived very late for the event, and both he and Sammy got soaking wet. The incident led the city council’s licensing enforcement team to prosecute the drivers for refusing to convey an assistance dog under the 2010 Equalities Act. Mr Goddard hopes that by bringing this case to court, it will prevent other people from having to go through the same ordeal. He said: “I got Sammy in May last year, and he has given me the confidenc...

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