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A government minister has told peers that it is “not necessary” for all taxis to be accessible to wheelchair-users. Transport minister Andrew Jones said that such a policy would mean having to replace thousands of taxis across the country. But members of the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee told the minister that powers to force all taxis to be wheelchair-accessible had been passed by parliament 20 years ago through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, but had not been implemented by successive governments. The Labour peer Lord Foster asked what evidence the government had for its claim that introducing these measures would be a “burden” on the industry, and how it balanced this against the burden caused to disabled people by an inaccessible taxi service. Jones said that about 56 per cent of taxis in England and Wales were wheelchair-accessible, and so he was ...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9629

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