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Wheelchair users paying more for taxi rides !

For some time some taxi operators have been charging more for carrying wheelchair users than they would for others.

There is now a call for a ban on taxis charging wheelchair users more being headed up by Ian Austin the MP for Dudley, backed up by disability groups who say that equality law needs to be strengthened to tackle this seemingly widespread practice of overcharging of passengers with wheelchairs.

Nottingham, Hull, Middlesbrough, Manchester and a number of other places have been making this excessive charge. So Mr Austin has been on to the Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan asking that they try to ensure that wheelchair users pay the same fares as others.

Let's hope this can be legislated sooner rather than later. Whereas i can see that carrying a wheelchair may be a little more involved than your average fare, it does seem insensitive and suitable to increase the tariff for the user of a wheelchair.

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