FOI request detail

Accessible Taxi and Private Hire vehicles

Request ID: FOI-0136-1718
Date published: 17 May 2017

You asked

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a list of wheelchair accessible: a) taxis and b) private hire vehicles under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010. 2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many have been put in since. 3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167, “although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the current list. If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following. 4) The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so. 5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list. 6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165. 7) The list.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0136-1718

 

Thank you for your email received on 19 April asking about our requirements under the Equality Act 2010.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our Information Access Policy. I can confirm that we hold some of the information you have requested. For ease of reference I have answered your questions as you have posed them.

 

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a list of wheelchair accessible: a) taxis and b) private hire vehicles under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

 

Please see the information and list provided on our website www.tfl.gov.uk/tph-access.

 

2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many have been put in since.

 

Our records of the total number of taxi and private hire drivers who have received an exemption under Section 166 of the Equality Act 2010 date back to when we started keeping electronic records in September 2013. That information is as follows:

 

 

Taxi driver

Private hire driver

Total

No. of applications received

51

4

55

Exemption granted

48

2

50

Exemption refused

2

2

4

Pending

1

0

1

 

Currently, there are three private hire drivers and 47 taxi drivers who are actively licensed and hold an exemption, under Section 166 of the Equality Act 2010, from their duties to assist passengers in wheelchairs on medical grounds.

 

One application has been received following the enactment of section 167. This application is currently being accessed and is marked as pending in the above table.

 

3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167, “although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the current list.

 

We began the process of implementing policy and compiling a list of vehicles to be designated following the Department for Transport’s guidance in 2010. However, this list was not published until 5 April 2017, prior to the commencement in full of sections 165 and 167 of the Act on 6 April.

 

If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following.

 

4) The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so.

 

This Information was published on 5 April 2017. Please visit our website for further details: www.tfl.gov.uk/tph-access.

 

5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list.

 

All taxis licensed by TfL have to meet the specific accessibility requirements set out in the Conditions of Fitness which can be found at http://content.tfl.gov.uk/taxi-conditions-of-fitness-update.pdf.

 

We follow the government recommendations as outlined in the Department for Transport publication - Access for wheelchair users to Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles, www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-for-wheelchair-users-to-taxis-and-private-hire-vehicles. Please refer to section 3.5 in particular.

 

6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165.

Transport for London compliance officers are deployed across London and carry out random checks to ensure that any wheelchair accessible equipment is in working order and that drivers know how to use it. We also investigate complaints made against taxi drivers (and private hire drivers with dedicated wheelchair accessible vehicles) who fail to comply with this legislation. We would always seek to prosecute and/or take licensing action where we have evidence of an offence being committed.

 

In addition, every vehicle is checked at least once a year at one of our vehicle inspection centres. If a wheelchair accessible vehicle is found to have defective equipment it would need to be fixed before it can be used to carry passengers.

 

We also issue guidance to both drivers and vehicle owners through our communication channels to licensees.

 

7) The list.

 

Please see my answer to question one.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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