My investigation into the Pocklington Taxi Rank is revealing conduct of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) which can be described as unlawful, disgraceful and unacceptable.
The only place the disabled, who are wheel chair bound, could enter or depart a taxi in Pocklington is on Railway Street. Unfortunately this is not possible as:
- 50% of the taxi rank cannot be used due to the pillar box.
- 100% of the taxi rank cannot be used as it is only 1.9m wide whereas the Hackney Taxi is 2,035mm wide.
- If a Hackney Taxi where to use the taxi rank they would park unlawful and thus their insurance would be nul and void.
- 100% of the taxi rank often cannot be used as it is occupied by cars.
This means that ERYC have exclude the disabled from Pocklington in breach of the Equality Act 2010. A fundamental aspect of the Act is to “Advance equality of opportunity“.
ERYC policy prevents the wheel chair bound the opportunity to visit Pocklington.
As ERYC are currently in breach of the Equality Act 2010 they must review their policy immediately.
Parking Bay Width
Legislation states parking bays must be between 1.8m and 2.7m wide. This is common sense when applied with common sense. Unfortunately ERYC have a policy that all parking bays should be 1.8m wide. This prevents the following parking legally:
- Vans – This prevents tradesmen parking lawfully.
- 4 x 4s – As Pocklington is a rural area this excludes many farmers from parking legally.
- Hackney Carriage Taxis – As these are over 2m in width taxis are prevented from using the taxi rank.
ERYC must review their policy which can only be described as madness unless the intention is to raise finance.
24/7 Taxi Rank
A considerably smaller proportion of disabled people hold driving licences compared with non-disabled people, as such disabled people rely more on taxis. Not to have a 24/7 taxi rank breaches:
- The Equality Act 2010 – a fundamental aspect of the Act is to “Advance equality of opportunity”. As the taxi rank is not 24/7 there is no equality of opportunity for the disabled to visit Pocklington.
- The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 – it is reasonable for a taxi owner who is licensed with ERYC to believe they can undertake their profession 24/7. As there is no 24/7 taxi rank in Pocklington this is not possible in breach of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.
ERYC must review their policy which is in breach of fundamental legislation.
Email To ERYC
—– Original Message —–
From: Andy Strangeway
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 4:25 PM
Subject: Pocklington Taxi Rank Etc
As I am trying to work with ERYC I am disappointed to receive the “I note” email from Tina. Given the seriousness of the issues raised this is unacceptable. I politely request that you own our communication and deal with this in an appropriate manner.
Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/eryc-exclude-disabled-from-pocklington/
I am requesting that all the aspects are addressed by you:
- Disabled Access
- Parking Bay Width
- 24/7 Taxi Rank
You will appreciate that the issues I raise can be found across the ERYC area.
Hopefully we can now move this forward in a professional and respectful manner.
I look forward to hearing from you.