Designated Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
Wheelchair accessible vehicles
The Equality Act 2010 imposes certain duties upon drivers of designated taxi or private hire vehicles which have been hired either by or for a disabled person who is in a wheelchair, or by another person who wishes to be accompanied by a disabled person who is in a wheelchair.
The duties are:
- 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
- To give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required
Mobility assistance is defined 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
- If the passenger does not wish to remain in the wheelchair, to load the wheelchair into or out of the vehicle
Please note that a driver of a designated taxi or designated private hire vehicle commits an offence by failing to comply with a duty imposed on the driver by this section unless the holder of an Exemption Certificate issued by the Local Authority under section 165 of The Act The Designated List (in line with S.167 of the Act).
Further information on the Equality Act 2010 and specifically S.165 can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/165.