Taxi and minicab drivers could be fined up to £1,000 if they refuse to pick up wheelchair users.
This change in the law from the Government also includes punishments for taxi and minicab drivers who attempt to charge wheelchair users more or if they fail to provide assistance.
The Depart of Transport has even gone as far as to say that offending driver could lose their licences.
Announcing the legislation yesterday, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We want to build a country that works for everyone, and part of that is ensuring disabled people have the same access to services and opportunities as anyone else – including when it comes to travel.
“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.”
The new rules will come into force in England, Wales and Scotland on April 6 and apply to taxis and private hire vehicles.
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