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Disability Access Training

The Equality Act 2010 places obligations on drivers of vehicles designated under that Act to provide reasonable assistance to those passengers in a wheelchair using their vehicles.  By the end of 2012, all 70 hackney carriages locally will be wheelchair accessible and approximately 43 private hire vehicles licensed by Bedford Borough Council are also fully accessible.

 

The Council, as Licensing Authority for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Services in the Borough, is presently consulting on whether drivers of wheelchair accessible vehicles should be required to take and pass the Driving Standards Agency’s assessment of competence concerning wheelchair access.  This assessment tests whether the driver is able to provide assistance to a passenger in a wheelchair to enter a licensed vehicle at the start of a journey, travel in the vehicle and to leave the vehicle safely and making correct use of the wheelchair restraint systems in the vehicle.  If approved, this requirement could take effect from 1 April 2013.

 

The Authority’s accessibility requirements for licensed vehicles are set out in its Manual of Inspection (pages 49-52) which is available at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading/taxi_licensing.aspx.

 

The timetable for this consultation is set out below:

27 July 2012 Consultees provided with details of proposal and requested to provide comments
19 October 2012 Deadline for responses from consultees
24 October 2012 Circulation to Borough Councillors of comments received
1 November 2012 General Licensing Committee considers proposals and determines the matter

 

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