Confusion over new rules for disabled taxi passenger fares has led to “discriminatory” price differences, a charity claims.
A test in Nottingham saw a wheelchair user quoted up to five times more than an able-bodied caller.
Muscular Dystrophy UK said the practice was unacceptable.
For an existing ban on charging more to come into force councils must compile a formal list of accessible taxis but many have not done this.
Nirav Shah, who was born with muscular dystrophy, rang four companies in Nottingham and was quoted higher prices by every one.
In one case, a journey from his home to the local hospital, a distance of 2.5 miles (4km), an able-bodied caller was quoted £3-4 while Mr Shah was quoted £15.
Mr Shah said he was “disheartened and disappointed”.
Source: Disabled taxi price premium condemned by charity | DisabledGo News and Blog
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