Press Release From Bradford & District Disabled People’s Forum:

Keighley & Craven People First have started a petition which calls on the Government to enact Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 to stop Private Hire Operators taking financial advantage (overcharging) of wheelchair & disabled passengers.

A new Equality Act came into force on 1st October 2010, the Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act

Section 160 to 173 of the Equality Act 2010 (pdf) relates specifically to taxis and private hire vehicles (PHV), however section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 has not been enacted even though the new legislation had been drafted in October 2010.

Section 165 would when enacted imposes a duties on taxi drivers carrying wheelchair passengers and states that these duties should be performed without making any additional charges.

Across the Bradford District as well as other Cities in the UK, Private Hire Operators are overcharging wheelchair passengers double the actual fare and in some cases charging more for using an adapted taxi, (taxis which are designed to carry more than 4 passengers.)

The Bradford & District Disabled People’s Forum (BDPF) support this petition and would like to encourage you to show and express your support by signing the Keighley & Craven People First online petition.

Many Thanks.

Cath Stevenson (Chair) & Emmerson Walgrove (Deputy Chair).