Call on your council to get the new taxi law working

Published Date
27/04/2018
Category
Campaigns
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The law can only be used in places where councils have created a special list of wheelchair accessible vehicles – but two thirds of councils haven’t yet written them.

You can read more here on why this issue is so important and what Muscular Dystrophy UK is calling for to improve the situation.

This page pulls together what to do if your council is one of the hundreds across England, Wales and Scotland which hasn’t introduced a Section 167 list.

You can also read our top tips on using taxis ahead of your next journey.

 

Is my council ready for the new taxi law?

You can find out if your council is ready in one of two ways: take a look at the map of council results, or for more detailed results, check the full Section 167 breakdown (Excel document), which also details how many wheelchair-accessible vehicles are licensed across the country.

The results cover 340 councils across England, Wales and Scotland, and in London through Transport for London.

Because of the time it has taken to gather this research, some councils may have now built their Section 167 lists – we would love to hear if they have done.

The data has been collected by Doug Paulley and the map built by Jeff Harvey/Transport for All.

 

 

What can I do if my council hasn’t built a Section 167 list yet?

Letting your council know that this is an important issue can help make sure they take action. There are two example tweets you can send to your council to show why it’s important, and you can also fill out our Council taxi letter template to post or email to your council.

  • Section 167 lists hold taxi drivers to account if they discriminate against disabled passengers – but @(insert council’s Twitter handle) hasn’t produced one yet. Find out more @MDUK_News https://bit.ly/2HscQ8P
  • I’m calling on @(insert council’s Twitter handle) to create a Section 167 list, so taxi companies who discriminate against disabled people can be held to account. Find out more @MDUK_News https://bit.ly/2HscQ8P

 

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