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Taxi Driver Prosecuted for Refusing to Carry Guide Dog

A taxi driver operating in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been fined £165 for refusing to carry a disabled passenger with their guide dog.

The Borough Council took legal action against the driver following the incident on 22 March 2017.

Under the Equality Act 2010, no-one can be treated unfairly or be disadvantaged because of a disability.

Licence conditions state that all taxi drivers must transport disabled passengers with their guide or assistance dogs unless they have a medical exemption certificate because they are medically unable to do so.

The man pleaded guilty at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre. He will also be ordered to make a contribution towards the Council’s court costs of £250 as well as paying a victim surcharge of £30.

Cllr. Sandra Hambleton, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, said: “The Borough Council will not tolerate blatant breaches of taxi licence conditions such as this.

“All taxi drivers have a legal requirement to transport disabled passengers with guide or assistance dogs, unless they hold a medical exemption certificate, which the driver did not.

“Everyone should have the same opportunities to access public transport.”