I think the law states that taxi companies must have one adapted vehicle in their fleet. So most pop a little wheelchair sign in their advert but when you call its 'in the garage'. Ahem. I once called 28 taxi firms in this city to get a taxi. The last one said no probs, they'd sent the cab round. When it arrived it was a standard car. We had to cram my daughters wheelchair in the boot (trunk) - its not foldable - and hold her on a lap which isn't safe.
London seems better served than anywhere. Sometimes I wish we lived there. Free bus travel for children, cheap all over bus travel for adults and lots of taxis'. And its flat so easy for bicycles.
Helen Deborah Vecht <helenvecht@...
Simon Norton <S.Norton@...
> Let me support Shyrley here. Towards the end of her life my mother was very
> frail and hardly went anywhere. When she did it was by taxi.
> However, every time she went out there was a question as to whether
> the taxi she
> ordered to get back would turn up. Taxi companies in London (and no doubt
> elsewhere) were not very reliable.
> It occurred to me that one way round the problem might be to hire a
> car so that
> it would be available for her use whenever she needed it. I therefore
> had a look
> round some hire garages. Not one had any wheelchair accessible
> vehicle. I don't
> know if things have improved since then but from what Shyrley said I suspect
> However, I doubt very much that it would be viable to offer wheelchair
> access as
> part of a car club scheme, because I don't think there would be sufficient
> demand. It is, I think, realistic to demand that wheelchair accessible
> hire cars
> are available from commercial hire companies.
Taxi bookings have become *much* more reliable in the two years I have
had a Taxicard. I had several nightmare stories initially, but there's
been no recent trouble.
ComCab are now in the habit of contracting some jobs to minicabs if they
think they can't provide a 'black cab',
I now book online and can specify wheelchair access, if required.
Helen D. Vecht: helenvecht@...
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