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Blind man and his guide dog denied taxi ride in Hull after driver claimed he had allergies
2022-07-05 04:00:00
A partially sighted Hull man who is legally registered blind was denied a taxi ride in Hull after the driver claimed he had 'allergies', despite not holding an exemption certificate. On Monday, June 13, Elliott Ainley and his guide dog 'Legend' hailed a hackney carriage outside of Hull Paragon Station in order to get a lift home after their usual bus service was disrupted. As Elliott prepared to enter the taxi, the driver refused him access because of his guide dog, claiming he had 'allergies'. When Elliott asked the driver to show his exemption certificate, a legal requirement to deny guide dogs access, he was unable to do so, putting him in breach of both the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010. After an uncomfortable exchange, Elliott and Legend were still denied access and forced to wait for another taxi. Read more: Rail industry failing Hull with cancellations leaving the city behind says MP In a time where rail strikes and changes to bus services have made public transport all the more unreliable, Elliott is aggrieved that the taxi driver in question was so unaccommodating of someone with a disability. He has since filed a complaint and hopes that others will not have to go through the same experience. Speaking to Hull Live, Elliott said: “After I told the driver he was breaking the law by refusing to take us, he changed his tune slightly and offered to carry us. However, he wanted to place my guide dog in the boot with a back seat folded down so Legend could stick his head through into the passenger compartment, which is also illegal. Elliott hopes to raise awareness of the issue and prevent others from going through the same thing “The law states that assistance dogs must not be separate

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