A Parliamentary Reception was held to celebrate the launch of the Disabled People's Transport Advisory Committee's (DPTAC's) "Making Private Hire Services more Accessible to Disabled People - A good Practice Guide for Private Hire Vehicle Operators and Drivers."
The event was sponsored by Neil Gerrard MP and follows both the success of his Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc) Act and the introduction of the first comprehensive licensing system for the private hire trade in London.
"Making Private Hire Services More Accessible to Disabled People" offers practical advice and guidance to help the private hire trade offer the very best service to all disabled customers. It has been compiled with the support and assistance of private hire drivers and operators, disabled people's organisations including the Disability Rights Commission and The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Local Authority Licensing Departments and the Department for Transport.
The guide represents a significant step towards achieving a transport system which is both fully accessible to disabled people and which offers the very best standards of service to all customers.
"Many congratulations to Neil on getting this Bill on the Statute Book, and ensuring that people with guide dogs will not be turned away by Private Hire Vehicles."