Only two taxis in the whole of East Renfrewshire are specialist vehicles

Posted: March 24th, 2016

As part of our campaign on Accessible Taxis in East Renfrewshire, with support from local press and TV, we are looking to raise awareness that only two taxis in the whole of East Renfrewshire are specialist vehicles, the lowest in Scotland. Council areas for East Renfrewshire, Argyll and Bute and some island councils report some of the lowest figures, with only specialist vehicles in the former constituency.

This means East Renfrewshire has the lowest percentage of accessible taxis at just 0.4% currently in service.

In Argyll and Bute there are nine taxis with wheelchair access, equating to just 4%, while in Moray only 12 such taxis, 6%, are currently in service.

A larger area like South Lanarkshire has 342 public taxi licences and 1234 private hires – however only 3% of those can be made available to wheelchair users (54).

To compare with smaller constituencies, 7% of taxis in the Orkney Islands Council (three) are wheelchair accessible and only 2% in the Western Isles (two taxis).

Please see the recent feature on STV Scotland Today news show

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