When 42% of assistance dog users are refused a taxi service. There is a big problem. That is why training is absolutely crucial.
This is an issue that affect many in the country and many in Hodge Hill. I support this Bill which will take steps to provide vital training to taxi drivers and mini-cab drivers and make them aware of their legal obligations under the Equalities Act 2010. Such training is quite essential and will bring an end to discrimination against disabled persons and assistant dog owners.
It is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of a protected characteristic or victimise someone when providing a service. However, steps need to be taken to increase awareness and end discrimination.
The Local Government Association is fully on board with the proposals laid out in the Bill, but we must ensure that local councils have the necessary tools so that they can properly administer the training scheme and ensure that the measures are being adhered to.