Lion’s share of English cities have less than one wheelchair accessible taxi per 1,000 people
New data from the Department for Transport has revealed which cities have the most and least wheelchair accessible taxis per 1,000 people across England.
Analysis of the Department for Transport’s ‘Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Statistics, England: 2019’ data by online airport transfer booking platform Taxi2Airport.com highlights that 86 percent of local authorities in cities across England have less than one wheelchair accessible taxi per 1,000 people.
Out of the 44 local authorities that responded, only five cities had two or more wheelchair-accessible taxis per 1,000 people, with Liverpool scoring the highest and Wakefield scoring the lowest.
Out of 70,600 licensed taxis in the UK, the Governments’ statistics report 58 percent are accessible for wheelchair users, with the vast majority located in metropolitan areas.
According to the Department for Transport’s report, 66 percent of authorities require all or part of the taxi fleet to be wheelchair accessible, whilst 72 percent of authorities maintain a list of wheelchair accessible taxis.
In London, all 20,100 licenced taxis are wheelchair accessible, as required by Transport for London’s Conditions for Fitness’ taxi licensing policy.
Speaking on behalf of drivingmobility.org.uk, accessible travel expert Ann Frye OBE, said: “There has been enormous progress in the UK in the last 30 years in introducing technical standards for accessibility, particularly in bus and rail.
“Already all buses in service must meet accessibility requirements and by the end of this year, the same will apply to trains.
“Major cities also have large numbers of accessible taxis in service. There are Europe wide laws in place on the rights of disabled people in air travel. All this means that many more disabled people are travelling.
“However, there are still many barriers to overcome including: lack of information about what is available and possible; lack of training so that front line staff do not always understand the needs of a disabled person; a general lack of understanding still about the needs of people with hidden disabilities including mental health conditions, autism and dementia who can be very challenged by the transport environment.”
See the highest to lowest scoring cities below:
|Cities in England||Wheelchair Accessible Taxis||Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (Per 1000 People)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||441||1.5|
|Bristol, city of||539||1.2|
|Brighton and Hove||287||1.0|
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||170||0.7|
|Bath and North East Somerset||17||0.1|