Published on 18 October 2023
Archived on 18 November 2023
A taxi driver has withdrawn his appeal against the decision by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to revoke his licence.
Mr Parker aged 69 and from Shipston-on-Stour, had appealed to the Magistrate's Court, following the decision by the District Council's Licensing Panel in March 2023, to revoke his licence.
This followed a complaint received in January 2023, from a member of the public, who was in a mobility scooter, that the driver, Mr Parker, refused to carry him in his Hackney Carriage vehicle, whilst plying for hire on a taxi rank within Stratford-upon-Avon town centre.
Mr Parker appealed against the decision and the appeal hearing was due to be heard on Monday, 9 October 2023.
Cllr Lorraine Grocott, Environmental and Neighbourhood Services Portfolio at the District Council said: "Under the Equality Act 2010, licensed taxi drivers using accessible vehicles must not discriminate against disabled passengers and they should also give them assistance when required.
"Actions such as these are inexcusable and certainly not the high standard that we expect from our licensed drivers who all undergo disability awareness training to ensure they are aware of their legal obligation."
Mr Parker's revocation is with immediate effect, and he is no longer a licensed driver with Stratford-on-Avon District Council.
The Court also ordered Mr Parker to pay costs of £3,696 to the District Council.
From 1st January 2010, all Hackney Carriage vehicles licensed by Stratford-on-Avon District Council are required to be wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) so that those members of the community who are disabled or have mobility issues and who require assistance have reasonable access to transport by way of a Hackney Carriage.
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