The Licensing Authority encourages the licensing of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) as hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and there are reduced fees for these types of vehicle.
Sections 165 to 167 of the Equality Act 2010 provide local authorities with the power to provide a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles (i.e. "designated vehicles"), and require the drivers of those vehicles to:
The Act defines mobility assistance as assistance:
These requirements do not apply to drivers who have a valid exemption certificate and are displaying valid exemption notices. These must be displayed as follows:
Exemption certificates will only be issued on medical grounds or because the driver's physical condition makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the driver to comply with these duties.
Our policy states that wheelchair users who do not wish to travel in their wheelchair should be assisted wherever possible to do so. In which case the wheelchair must be stored securely as luggage. Drivers should offer all reasonable assistance to the wheelchair user to make sure that they are carried safely and in comfort. This is applicable to drivers of all licensed vehicles, not only those designated as WAVs.
The list of licensed hackney carriage and private hire vehicles designated for the purposes of Section 165 Equality Act 2010 can be found here: