§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to ensure that newly licensed taxis and private hire vehicles are wheelchair accessible; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kynoch
The Government's response on 22 February to the recommendations contained in the report of the Transport Select Committee—Cm 2715—expressed support for the phasing in of the requirement that taxis should be accessible to wheelchair users. Legislation in Scotland relating to taxis and private hire cars is contained in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. We are now considering in the context of Scottish legislation and circumstances how best to proceed in this matter.