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Liverpool named best UK city for accessible taxis

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Liverpool has been named as the English city with the most accessible taxis, according to research carried out by Taxi2Airport.com.

However, five cities including Bath and Lancaster were listed as the cities with the worst rate of accessibility, with only 0.1 accessible taxis per 1,000 people.

Analysing UK Government data, Taxi2Airport.com listed the top ten and bottom ten English cities for taxi wheelchair accessibility.

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The company said the aim of its research was to emphasise the extent of the work needed to remove barriers associated with travel for disable people.

Liverpool had comfortably the best record, with 2.9 accessible taxi per 1,000 people, 0.6 ahead of London and Coventry, which were placed second.

The top ten was rounded off by Worcester, Manchester, Norwich, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheffield, Plymouth and Preston.

The ten cities with the fewest number of accessibile taxis were Bath, Lancaster, County Durham, Lichfield, Wakefield, Gloucester, York, Canterbury, Southampton and Lincoln.

The research also showed that 58 percent of all taxis were wheelchair accessible in 2019, with two-thirds of authorities requiring all or part of the taxi fleet to be wheelchair accessible.

Ann Frye, of Driving Mobility, said: “There has been enormous progress in the UK in the last 30 years in introducing technical standards for accessibility, particularly in bus and rail. Already all buses in service must meet accessibility requirements and by the end of this year the same will apply to trains.

“Major cities also have large numbers of accessible taxis in service. There are Europe wide laws in place on the rights of disabled people in air travel. All this means that many more disabled people are travelling.

“However, there are still many barriers to overcome including: lack of information about what is available and possible; lack of training so that front line staff do not always understand the needs of a disabled person; a general lack of understanding still about the needs of people with hidden disabilities including mental health conditions, autism and dementia who can be very challenged by the transport environment.

“And of course, in rural areas there is often no public transport available so people need to rely on continuing to drive or seeking support from family and friends which can obviously undermine independence and spontaneity.”

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