In ERYC Exclude Disabled From Pocklington I exposed the fact that East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) intended to prevent the disabled visiting Pocklington by closing the Taxi Rank. This was confirmed in last weeks Pocklington Post.
The only place the disabled, who are wheelchair bound, can enter or depart a taxi in Pocklington is on Railway Street. Unfortunately this is not currently 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 already exclude the disabled from Pocklington in breach the Equality Act 2010. A fundamental aspect of the Act is to “Advance equality of opportunity“. ERYC policy prevents the wheelchair bound the opportunity to visit Pocklington.
—– Original Message —–
From: Andy Strangeway
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2015 3:10 PM
Subject: Objection – Pocklington Taxi Rank
It is a disgrace, that after informing you that ERYC are in breach of the Equality Act 2010 by not making the Pocklington Taxi Rank available 24/7 to wheelchair users, you are now putting to consultation the complete removal of the taxi rank.
What kind of society discriminates against those in wheelchairs? ERYC Cabinet should be ashamed of themselves for putting such a suggestion to consultation. How can that which is unlawful be put to consultation?
The taxi rank must be:
- 100% disabled accessible
- Only for Hackney Carriages 24/7
- Be wide enough for Hackney Carriages
- Not have access prevented by the pillar box
Please accept this email as my objection in the strongest possible terms to this distasteful consultation.
An Equality Impact Assessment must be carried out at the earliest opportunity.