Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (154)

Pat Breen

Question:

151 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Transport if London taxis will be the specification for wheelchair accessibility here; if it is possible to modify same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27633/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles)(Amendment) Regulations 1998, S.I. No. 47 of 1998, set out the requirements for wheelchair accessible taxis.

The Taxi Regulation Act 2003 specifically provides that an objective of the Commission for Taxi Regulation is to promote access to small public service vehicles by persons with disabilities. In this regard, the commission will be tasked with the determination of future policy in relation to accessible taxis, including the consideration of possible revisions or improvements to the existing wheelchair accessible taxi specification. It is envisaged that this will necessitate specific discussions with both disability and taxi representative groups.