High Court and Accessible Taxis

September 18, 2009

A case supported by the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has seen the High Court overturn a decision by Liverpool City Council not to grant a licence to a particular type of accessible taxi. The Council refused to licence a Peugeot E7 class taxi. Many wheelchair users prefer this vehicle over the alternative TX2 cab, as the Peugeot is more comfortable and has a safer ride. The E7 is currently licensed to over 400 local authorities.

The Council carried out an impact assessment before it came to its final decision but the EHRC argued it was wrong. The High Court agreed stating that it discriminated against disabled people under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Accessible transport is fundamental issue for disabled people, especially taxis.