The Government must work harder to improve accessibility for disabled people across the nation’s transport networks, warns the Transport Committee
Working with the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers (NALEO), the Passenger Transport Academy (PTA) and People 1st, DPT is developing this qualification to meet the needs of the Passenger Transport Industry for a classroom based, national qualification.
Section 15 para 2 (d) of the draft Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Bill states that all drivers should have disability awareness training. This has also been reiterated by the Transport Select Committee. The Award is designed as a pre-licence requirement for all new Taxi and Private Hire drivers, and for those renewing their licence. Those drivers driving a designated wheelchair accessible vehicle both Taxi and Private Hire will then take an additional unit, which includes the loading and unloading of a wheelchair into a vehicle.
Assessment is by a multi choice question and answer paper and a practical assessment for Unit 3 and Unit 4.
There is no practical driving assessment involved in this qualification
the DfT should bring forward a programme of disability awareness training for drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles without delay, working with licensing authorities and the taxi trade on implementation.Transport Select Committee September 2013