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Mayor of London confirms TfL are developing new Disability Policy for taxi drivers


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The Mayor of London confirms Transport for London (TfL) are currently developing a clear new policy for disabled taxi drivers wishing to carry on in the job.

Caroline Pidgeon, a Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, recently questioned Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, about the implementation of a disability policy for taxi drivers. The query arose from the case of Johnson v TfL, where it was stated that TfL should develop a clear policy for disabled licensed taxi drivers. Mayor Khan confirmed that TfL is in the process of developing this policy.

In his response, Mayor Khan clarified that whilst the judgment in Mr. Johnson's case concluded that his claim was not well-founded and was subsequently dismissed, the tribunal did however note the importance of a disability policy for taxi drivers.

The Mayor emphasised that TfL takes its obligation to ensure the accessibility of London's transport services seriously.

Khan said: “The unanimous Judgment of the Tribunal was that Mr Johnson’s claim was not well founded and was therefore dismissed.

“The Tribunal did state in its Judgment that they considered that Transport for London (TfL) should develop a clear policy for disabled licensed taxi drivers. TfL is in the process of developing a policy that will document the process that is already followed when TfL receives requests for reasonable adjustments. “TfL takes its obligation to ensure the accessibility of London’s transport services very seriously both in terms of removing barriers for users and ensuring that anyone with the right skills can play their part in the delivery of London’s transport services. “TfL already has a range of processes in place to ensure that, subject to the applicant meeting all licensing requirements, including Group 2 DVLA requirements, becoming a taxi driver is a career that is open to all. This includes the consideration of reasonable adjustments for taxi drivers with disabilities.”



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