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Merseyside councillors call for more wheelchair-accessible taxis after hour long waiting times

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Councillors on Merseyside have made a call for more wheelchair-accessible taxis to be made available in the area.

It comes after claims were made that people had to wait more than an hour for one at a taxi rank.

A report in the Liverpool Echo detailed how at a Licensing and Regulatory meeting on January 6 members discussed a report carried out by the ‘licensed vehicle surveys and assessment’ which looked into the ‘unmet demand survey report.’

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The article outlines how concerns were raised by councillors regarding the taxi rank at Southport station where the claim was made.

Liberal Democrats Councillor Pat Keith for the Cambridge Ward said: “You said there doesn’t seem to be a problem in Southport, but I found – I don’t use the station that much – this happened in the space of two or three weeks.”

Adding: “I met a lady with her mother who was in a wheelchair and she told me they were going to have to leave the rank because they couldn’t get a taxi for over an hour. It was a cold and she said this happened quite often.”

The Liverpool Echo goes on to explain how leading taxi operations analyst at LVSA, Ian Millership, said he was disappointed he wasn’t able to talk to these case studies but added it was difficult for the local authority to change the ranks performance as it was privately owned and recommended the committee to discuss the issues with the company.

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