Wheelchair groups challenge council in High Court
Nov 5 2008 by Richard Down, Liverpool Daily Post
DISABILITY campaigners have won the right to take Liverpool City Council to the High Court in their battle for safe taxis.
In March, licensing chief Malcolm Kelly sparked outrage from local disability groups when the committee he chairs refused to license the wheelchair-friendly Peugeot E7 taxi.
More than 300 cabbies signed a petition in favour of the E7.
Now the High Court has granted wheelchair user Alma Lunt the right to challenge this ruling though a judicial review.
John Bruce of the Liverpool Wheelchair Users Group, said: “We are delighted the High Court in London has ruled on the importance of this legal challenge for accessible transport.”
Liverpool’s wheelchair users, including Merseyside Coalition for Inclusive Living, say they have to travel unsafely, unsecured, facing sideways, and leave room for only one other passenger. They claim the council is failing to abide by The Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
Mrs Lunt said: “We are confident the discrimination we face will be acknowledged when our case does go forward.”