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The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Taxis)(Carrying of Guide Dogs etc.)(England and Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2006

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2006 No. 1616

DISABLED PERSONS

TRANSPORT, ENGLAND AND WALES

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Taxis)(Carrying of Guide Dogs etc.)(England and Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2006

Made

16th June 2006

Laid before Parliament

22nd June 2006

Coming into force

17th July 2006

The Secretary of State for Transport makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 37(8)(b) and (9) and 67(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995(1).

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Taxis)(Carrying of Guide Dogs etc.)(England and Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2006 and shall come into force on 17th July 2006.

Amendments

2.—(1) The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Taxis)(Carrying of Guide Dogs etc.)(England and Wales) Regulations 2000(2) shall be amended as follows.

(2) For paragraph (2) of regulation 2 there shall be substituted—

(2) The prescribed manner of exhibiting a notice of exemption for the purposes of section 37(8)(b) of the 1995 Act shall be—

(a)by displaying it—

(i)on the nearside of and immediately behind the windscreen of the taxi facing outwards; and

(ii)in a manner that readily permits its removal;

(b)so that—

(i)its front is clearly visible from the outside of the taxi; and

(ii)its back is clearly visible from the driver’s seat of the taxi..

(3) For Part 2 of Schedule 1 there shall be substituted the content of Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

(4) For Part 2 of Schedule 2 there shall be substituted the content of Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Gillian Merron

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

16th June 2006

Regulation 2(3)

SCHEDULE 1

2. FORM OF BACK OF NOTICE OF EXEMPTION IN ENGLAND

Regulation 2(4)

SCHEDULE 2

2. FORM OF BACK OF NOTICE OF EXEMPTION IN WALES

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Section 37 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 imposes a duty on taxi drivers to carry an assistance dog, without additional charge, when it accompanies a disabled person. It also provides that a taxi driver may be exempted from this obligation on medical grounds.

Regulation 2 amends the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Taxis)(Carrying of Guide Dogs etc.)(England and Wales) Regulations 2000 in respect of the manner in which the exemption notice should be displayed by the exempted taxi driver and the wording on the back of the exemption notice. The notice must be displayed on the windscreen; display on the dashboard is no longer permitted.

A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the costs of business, charities or voluntary bodies.

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