TAXIS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEED TO BE AWARE OF THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS TO THE BLIND AND THEIR GUIDE DOGS
Michael Fabricant and other MPs met partially sighted and sightless constituents in Parliament today (Wednesday 25th May) along with their Guide Dogs.
Michael met Carol Trigg of Burntwood who, with her guide dog Flora, had been refused entry to a taxi in Cannock. Carol says “I am aware from conversations with other guide dog owners I regularly meet that I am not alone in having been refused a taxi in Staffordshire.”
Michael says “It is the law that taxi drivers must accept guide dogs and their handlers. It is against the law to refuse and there are fines and the risk of the loss of their taxi licences if drivers do not comply.
“I have taken this up with the Government minister, Justin Tomlinson, who has responsibility for this and asked if the Government can give this law more publicity and increase the penalties on any driver who discriminates against anyone with a guide dog by refusing to carry them to their destination. And this applies to train operators and buses too.”
Photograph shows Carol Trigg, her dog Flora, and Michael