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Government committed to new legislation on disability awareness training for taxi and PHV drivers



The Government has confirmed they remain committed to introducing legislation on disability awareness training for taxi and private hire drivers.


Baroness Thomas of Winchester raised an important written question concerning the timetable for introducing legislation on disability awareness training for taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers. Responding on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), Baroness Vere of Norbiton, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary, reassured the House that the Government is committed to implementing such legislation.

Disability awareness training for drivers could play a crucial role in empowering them to understand the unique needs of passengers with disabilities and provide appropriate assistance during the journey.


Baroness Vere of Norbiton confirmed the Government's commitment to introducing legislation that will establish national standards for taxi and PHV licensing. These standards will encompass disability awareness training for drivers, ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to cater to all passengers' needs.

However, it was also noted that the introduction of this legislation is subject to the availability of parliamentary time. Although the Government acknowledges the issue, the exact timetable for implementation remains contingent upon various factors.


Baroness Vere of Norbiton said: “The Department is committed to introducing legislation to enable the setting of national standards in taxi and private hire vehicle licensing, which will include disability awareness training for drivers, when Parliamentary time allows.”

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