Section 167 of the Equality Act 2010 states that a licensing authority may maintain a list of wheelchair accessible taxi or private hire vehicles. Last year West Lindsey District Council’s Regulatory Committee agreed to publish a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles on our website in order for members of the public to have access to these details. The list can be found in the downloads section of this page.
The Equality Act places duties on the drivers of designated wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles to provide physical assistance to passengers in wheelchairs. These duties are:
- to carry the passenger while in a 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; and
- to give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required
It is illegal for drivers of ‘designated vehicles’ to discriminate against wheelchair users. Drivers of such vehicles face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra.
Any drivers who suffer from a disability or a condition which would make it difficult for them to provide physical assistance can apply for an exemption from the duties to offer assistance.
Licensing registers are available to view using the link below.
West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard