Lichfield MP calls for more to be done after Burntwood woman and guide dog are refused a taxi

Lichfield’s MP has called for more to be done to stop taxi drivers refusing passengers with guide dogs.

Michael Fabricant’s comments came after a meeting with Burntwood woman Carol Trigg who was refused a cab in Cannock when travelling with her dog Flora.

Michael Fabricant MP with Carol Trigg and her guide dog Flora

Michael Fabricant MP with Carol Trigg and her guide dog Flora

“I am aware from conversations with other guide dog owners I regularly meet that I am not alone in having been refused a taxi in Staffordshire,” Carol said.

Mr Fabricant has called for more to be done to raise awareness amongst drivers.

He said: “It is the law that taxi drivers must accept guide dogs and their handlers. It is against the law to refuse and there are fines and the risk of the loss of their taxi licences if drivers do not comply.

“I have taken this up with the Government minister, Justin Tomlinson, who has responsibility for this and asked if the Government can give this law more publicity and increase the penalties on any driver who discriminates against anyone with a guide dog by refusing to carry them to their destination.

“And this applies to train operators and buses too.”

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