Consideration was given to the report of the Legal Services Manager which explained that Sections 165 and 167 of the Equality Act 2010 had come into effect on 6 April 2017. Prior to implementation of the Act the Council had maintained a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles. The purpose of the published list was to allow disabled passengers to identify and more easily access suitable vehicles. In order to comply with the statutory scheme and guidance, in addition to the list, Eastleigh Borough Council, as the Licensing Authority, must have a policy regarding wheelchair accessible vehicles and the circumstances where drivers of such vehicles may be exempt on medical grounds from the duties stipulated.
(1) That the publishing of a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved in accordance with the Department for Transport’s Statutory Guidance on Access for wheelchair users to Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles; and
(2) That the ‘Medical Exemption Policy for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Under the Equality Act 2017’, as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report, be approved.