Banbury guide dog charity concerned at increase in refusals by cabbies to take guide dogs

A Banbury based guide dog charity has expressed concern at the increase in numbers of cabbies in the area who are refusing to accept guide dogs in their vehicles.

Peter Gorbing, chief executive of Banbury-based Dogs for Good, stated that he has heard of incidents of visually impaired people booking a cab, only for the driver to drive away as soon as the person tries to get into the cab with a dog. 

It comes after a taxi driver in Abingdon was prosecuted by Vale of White Horse District Council after he refused to take a blind man with his guide dog. 

Tahir Murad who has given up his Hackney carriage licence was fined £300 for breaking equality legislation. Mr Gorbing described how dog-owners struggle to access taxis and describedd it as a very significant problem.

Adding that a lot of visually impaired people rely on taxis to travel because of the nature of their disability, yet they are being left stranded. 

Mr Gorbing welcomed the prosecution but believes any punishment should be accompanied by education to highlight taxi driver awareness of their responsibilities toward the visually impaired community. 

Image credit: Guide dog; Source: Flickr Author: Smerikal

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