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By Taxi

The Government is committed to an accessible public transport system in which disabled people have the same opportunities to travel as other members of society. Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are a vital link in the accessible transport chain and, although disabled people are (reported) to travel a third less often than the public in general, they use taxis and PHVs on average 67% more often.

The powers (document) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) allow regulations to be made requiring all new land-based public transport vehicles - trains, buses, coaches and taxis - to be accessible to disabled people, including those who need to remain in their wheelchair.

Regulations are already in place for rail, bus and coach vehicles. The Government announced its proposals for taxis in 2003. Since that time, additional work has been completed and further information has been gathered. 

The Government is now considering how best to bring forward requirements for accessible taxis, and this includes evaluation of all of the options; both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches are being considered.

 

 
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