Support the Disability Equality Training Bill
Today I will be supporting the second reading of the Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill. This campaign aims to stop guide dogs and other assistance dog owners being illegally refused access from taxis and minicabs.
The bill will make the completion of disability equality training a requirement for the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in England and Wales; and for connected purposes.
Blind people with guide dogs have a legal right to access taxi services, but some drivers refuse to accept their custom, which can be confidence shattering.
To stop refusals happening, drivers need a full understanding of the rights of disabled people. The Bill will require all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training as a condition of obtaining their licence.
Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager, Helen Honstvet, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Andrew Gwynne MP is taking forward a Bill to ensure that all taxi and minicab drivers have disability equality training. Guide dog owners have told us that taxis and minicabs turn them away with shocking regularity because their dog isn’t welcome. This can crush people’s confidence and stops them doing the everyday things that most people take for granted.
“This Bill, if made law, will ensure that all taxi and minicab drivers understand their duties under the Equality Act and improve the experience of getting a taxi for many people living with a disability.”