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Taxi and private hire drivers could be fined if they refuse wheelchair users

Taxi and private hire drivers could be fined up to a thousand pounds if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or charge them extra.

The new law comes into force today. Chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK Robert Meadowcroft said:

Today's change in legislation is positive news, as we know that disabled people often have to rely on taxis where accessible public transport isn't an option.

Taxi drivers can provide a vital service in getting wheelchair users from A to B so they are able to maintain their livelihoods and play an active part in society. Today creates a level playing field for both drivers and passengers.

– Robert Meadowcroft, Chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK

People who use wheelchairs are often heavily reliant on taxis and private hire vehicles and this change to the law will mean fair and equal treatment for all.

– Andrew Jones, Transport Minister

The law change is part of provisions being enacted from the Equality Act.

Offending drivers also face having their permit suspended or revoked by their licensing authority.