Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, has given his support to a Private Members Bill that would improve access to transport for disabled people.
The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill was submitted to the House of Commons by Rt Hon Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam. It would oblige drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles to accept passengers with disabilities, to refrain from charging them extra and to provide them with appropriate assistance, unless there is good reason as to why they should not be subject to these duties.
The Bill went through Committee Stage yesterday (9 February). Sir David served on the Committee and expressed his strong support, and used the opportunity to commend London Black Cab Drivers as well. He commented:
This is a most welcome Bill. Many taxis in London already do the things he highlights—I am a big supporter of London taxis, because they do a fantastic job and offer a good service—but the new duties are needed to ensure that those with disabilities are treated as fairly and equally as everybody else. I welcome the Bill, and I put on the record that London taxis are great.