Guide Dogs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Reference: 
2000/0457
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is the Mayor aware that a recent Guide Dogs for the Blind Association survey showed that in some London Boroughs 4 out of 5 minicab firms refuse to take Guide Dogs. Can he assure me TfL will ensure this situation is rectified when the new licensing takes place?

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Answer

Answer for Guide Dogs

Answer for Guide Dogs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I am aware of the survey. It is extremely disappointing that so many private hire operators refuse to carry guide dogs. From 31 March next year, licensed taxi drivers will be required to carry guide, hearing and other assistance dogs without additional charge under the Disability Discrimination Act. Regrettably, the Act does not cover private hire drivers, so it is not possible legally to require private hire vehicles to carry such dogs when licensing of private hire drivers commences. However, I can confirm that, in the consultation exercise for private hire driver licensing, to be issued early next year, the carriage of guide, hearing and assistance dogs will be an issue for consideration. I hope that the private hire trade in London will recognise the need to give those individuals with such dogs the same opportunity to travel in their vehicles as is available to the rest of the community.