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Part 12 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010), imposes duties both upon the drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles (PHVs) and local authorities to enable better access for disabled people to public transport.
The duty of drivers of hackney carriages and PHVs to carry a person accompanied by an assistance dog for no additional charge is expressly provided for by EqA 2010, ss 168 and 170.
If a local authority is satisfied that it is appropriate on medical grounds to exempt a driver from this duty, either indefinitely or for a specified period, it must issue an ‘exemption certificate’ under EqA 2010, ss 169 or 171.
The exemption certificate may apply to a specified hackney carriage or PHV or to a specified kind of hackney carriage or PHV.
A driver who is aggrieved by the refusal of a local authority to issue an exemption certificate may appeal to a magistrates’ court before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date of refusal. There is no right to appeal in relation to the period for which an exemption certificate is issued.
A driver who fails to fulfil these duties without the relevant exemption certificate, or who fails to display it is li
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