Taxis are instrumental in ensuring the mobility ofpeople who cannot drive oruse conventional public transport
For many people with disabilities, especially thosewho are unable to drive or use conventionalpublic transport, taxis and private hire vehiclesare pivotal means for ensuring their mobility.Taxis in many cities can carry wheelchairs andtaxi drivers are increasingly aware and trained tomeet specific assistance needs of passengers withdisabilities.In the UK, disabled passengers use taxis andprivate hire vehicles 67% more often than thegeneral public.In Finland, people with severe mobilityimpairment are granted daily taxi trips to/fromwork or to/from study. In addition, they have theright to 18 one-way subsidised recreational tripsper month.
A proactive industry
A joint IRU-ECMT study* recommended thatmatters related to taxi vehicle accessibility shouldbe decided at local level and based on two vehicledesign levels:
• Type One - Wheelchair Accessible Taxis:
accessible vehicles capable of carrying themajority, but not all, passengers who travel intheir wheelchair, as well as people with otherdisabilities.
• Type Two - Standard Accessible Taxis: vehicles
with features designed to be used by disabledpeople more easily, but which would only be ableto carry a wheelchair-user who can transfer to ataxi seat.