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Move to make it a criminal offence for Highland taxi drivers to refuse disabled passengers

By Scott Maclennan

Councillor Andrew Jarvie.
Councillor Andrew Jarvie.

Highland councillors have moved a step closer to making it a criminal offence for taxi drivers to refuse a fare from someone in a wheelchair.

Highland Council’s licensing committee supported the idea of creating a list of all wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).

The move would affect all vehicles licensed as either taxis or private hire cars across the region.

Should any driver with a WAV on the list subsequently refuse a fare from a disabled person, they could be charged with a criminal offence.

The plan will now go out to public consultation.

The chairman of the licensing committee, Councillor Andrew Jarvie, who is himsef a wheelchair user, strongly welcomed the move as a step in the right direction.

He said: “This is an excellent first step towards making life a little easier for disabled people in Highland.

“This list, if adopted, would make it easier to find firms with WAVs and allow swift action against any discrimination.”

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