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MP to introduce Parliamentary Bill to reduce access refusals

20 Jun 2016

Andrew Gwynne 2Andrew Gywnne MP for Denton and Reddish has announced that he will introduce a Bill to Parliament to make sure all taxi and minicab drivers have disability equality training. His announcement follows on from attending the Access All Areas Lobby of Parliament last month and hearing from guide dog owners about taxi and minicab drivers refusing to carry guide dogs.

Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager, Helen Honstvet, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that Andrew Gwynne MP is taking forward a Bill to ensure that all taxi and minicab drivers have disability equality training. Guide dog owners have told us that taxis and minicabs turn them away with shocking regularity because their dog isn’t welcome. This can crush people’s confidence and stops them doing the everyday things that most people take for granted.

“This Bill, if made law, will ensure that all taxi and minicab drivers understand their duties under the Equality Act and improve the experience of getting a taxi for many people living with a disability.”

On announcing his decision to introduce the Bill Mr Gwynne said:

“I was very lucky to be drawn in the Private Members’ Bill ballot, and so I am delighted to be able to support this campaign in Parliament.

“It is a fairly small change in the law that will have a huge impact on the ability of blind people to go about their business.”

The Bill’s First Reading will be on 29th June 2016, and the full Bill, with more substantial detail, will be introduced later this year.



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