‘Unfair’: Cab driver forced by council to buy wheelchair accessible taxi ends up in debt

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Mike Redman, the borough council’s director of environment, said: “In June 2021, the council debated a petition organised by the Cheltenham Taxi Drivers’ Association, calling on the council to review the mandatory wheelchair accessible vehicle policy that was due to be implemented by December 2021.

“In response to the petition, the council voted unanimously in support of the cabinet member for customer & regulatory services, Councillor Martin Horwood, to continue engagement with the trade and others, on this issue.

“The result of this engagement was a decision, in September 2021, to cancel the hard deadline of December 31, 2021 for all taxis to be wheelchair accessible.

“Councillor Horwood met with Mr Rogers personally to listen to his concerns.



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