From April 2017, drivers of taxis and private hire vehicle designated by Licensing Authorities as being wheelchair accessible must comply with the requirements of Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010, unless they have been issued with an exemption certificate. For further information please visit GOV.UK - Access for wheelchair users to taxis and private hire vehicles.
This is intended to help licensing authorities:
Maintain lists of vehicles designated as wheelchair accessible
Handle applications from drivers who are medically unfit to perform the duties required of them
Enforce the requirements
Section 166 of the Equality Act 2010 allows Basildon Council to exempt drivers from the duties to assist passengers in wheelchairs if they are satisfied that it is appropriate to do so on medical grounds or because the driver's physical condition makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for him or her to comply with the duties. We accept applications from drivers for an exemption under Section 166. Drivers are asked to submit an application form together with a letter from their own GP which outlines the reasons why they are unable to comply.
Section 167 relates to duties imposed on Basildon Council to provide a list of wheelchair accessible hackney carriage and private hire vehicle.
In line with the current legislation and guidance, Basildon Council's Licensing Committee has agreed criteria under which drivers can apply to be exempt from the carriage of passengers in wheelchairs for medical reasons.
For details of these criteria see:
A driver who is issued with an exemption will be given a certificate to be displayed within the vehicle they are driving.