Wheelchair-accessible cabs to come to Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:16 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 24 September 2018

Some hackney cabs in Welwyn Hatfield may soon be taking wheelchairs. Picture: DANNY LOO

Some hackney cabs in Welwyn Hatfield may soon be taking wheelchairs. Picture: DANNY LOO

©2018 Danny Loo Photography - all rights reserved

If council plans go ahead, some cabs in Welwyn Hatfield will be able to carry wheelchairs by spring 2019.

Right now, there are no wheelchair accessible hackney cabs licensed in Welwyn Hatfield - something that the council aims to tackle.

Although the borough has had them in the past, there is no set minimum number mandated by the council.

But after a consultation launched in July, the council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (EOSC) met on September 24.

“Unsurprisingly the research suggests that the council should [...] require wheelchair accessible hackney carriages to be licenced and available in the borough,” noted the council report.

The committee also talked about the importance of balancing disability inclusion with the impact on drivers.

The EOSC has decided to set up a task force to research and come up with a good set of policies for ensuring at least some wheelchair users are served by Welwyn Hatfield’s hackney cabs.

The flexible timeframe proposed for this will see a full set of policies drawn up, debated and voted on by the full council by March 25, 2019.

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