Transporting disabled passengers - what taxi drivers need to know


When working with a taxi dispatch system or managing a taxi service, you should be ready to transport disabled passengers and not just able-bodied members of society. Here’s what you need to know so that you can offer them a better service:

You can’t refuse to pick up a disabled passenger

You can’t — and should never — refuse to transport a disabled passenger. Instead, you should make your vehicle as accessible and as comfortable as possible. When a person makes a booking, check if they or any of their co-passengers are wheelchair users so that you can arrange to pick them up in a suitable vehicle.

You should never charge extra

A disabled passenger may require extra assistance or a specially adjusted vehicle, but that doesn’t entitle you to charge them more for the service than you would a standard passenger. You could get into trouble if you do this.

Guide dogs are always allowed

Whether you’re a doggy person or not, if a passenger wishes to travel with a guide dog, then they may do so. You can’t charge them extra for this, so don't try to.

Passengers must be allowed to use their wheelchair

If you’re a black cab operator, you should allow your passenger to remain in their wheelchair during the journey. You must carry their wheelchair if they wish to sit in one of the vehicle’s seats. You can — and should — make the vehicle more accessible by carrying a wheelchair ramp.

Making a disabled passenger as comfortable as possible during the journey is an important part of maintaining your business and of your civic duty. Be polite and respectful and look after them so that they’ll travel with you again.