At Henry Edward we believe people with disabilities should not be at a disadvantage in the world. They should receive the same treatment as everyone else, and that also includes transportation. A wheelchair accessible disabled taxi is a small step to insure that these unique individuals are treated with value and respect.
Traveling or getting around can be very frustrating for disabled people. In the fast-paced world that we live in today, a handicapped individual might get left behind or ignored. The world is fitted for people who are not with special needs. Often, just going out for a simple dinner can be a huge challenge for disabled people. Most people who are with special needs are unable to drive; therefore, they rely on the use of public transportation to get them to their destination. Many people with special needs choose to call a taxi.
Today, more and more companies are choosing to provide disabled taxi service. A disabled taxi is a vehicle that meets the needs of anyone who needs special assistance. In fact, in the United Kingdom, Parliament passed the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, which mandated that all taxis that were newly licensed be accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, it required that all taxis be handicapped manageable by January of 2000. This law was slightly modified in 2010 and is now known as the Equality Act. Therefore, all handicapped citizens of the United Kingdom are able to find disabled taxis in London.
Disabled taxis in London, which were always known as black cabs, now come in many colors. A disabled taxi service usually has cabs that are both cars and vans. Vans are usually better equipped to deal with people who need wheelchair access. Some even hold more than one wheelchair. They will probably have a ramp or lift to assist get the wheelchair in the vehicle. If the disabled taxi service does not have a ramp of lift for easy wheelchair access, then the driver is expected to help the handicapped person get in and out of the vehicle. It is essential that someone makes sure that the brake of the wheelchair is employed so that injuries do not occur. The disabled taxis in London also have easy to use handles on the doors so that it is easy to get in and out of.
Furthermore, people who have vision impairment can get a TAXI poster from the Institute for the blind to aid them in getting a cab. It is expected that all taxis allow seeing eye dogs at no additional charge and they must be permitted to stay with their owner.
Another service that a disabled person can obtain is a taxicard. These offer more inexpensive options for using taxis because they have a disability. You will not be required to pay the full metered fare. In order to acquire these, you must prove that you are a registered blind person, permanently use a wheelchair, receive war pension mobility, or have a disability living allowance.
People with disabilities should not be at a disadvantage in the world. They should receive the same treatment as everyone else, and that also includes transportation. A disabled taxi is a small step to insure that these unique individuals are treated with value and respect.