Plans to convert taxi fleet to WAVs met with outrage

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Taxi drivers in Aberdeen are resisting a proposal to make every cab in the city wheelchair accessible amid concerns it will hamper business.

Some drivers have claimed that they will lose out on business as the able bodied public actively avoid disability friendly vehicles, they say.

Since the complaints, the council has reportedly put a brake on the plans to reconsider.

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New advice from the Government said that there was no mandatory requirement for a rule on converting taxis to be in place from a legal standpoint.

As it stands, 54% of Aberdeen’s taxis are considered accessible and 2017 was supposed to be the year that they were all converted.

Plans were initially meant with complaints however as taxi drivers said they would have to spend huge amounts of money on converting their vehicles.

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