Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carrying Pushchairs In Wheelchair Accessible Taxis:

All wheelchair accessible hackney carriages please note and remember:

If you carry a pushchair in its upright position with a child in carriage you may not be covered by your insurance in the event of an accident and the child sustaining injuries thereof.

The Transport Research Laboratory, which tests crash result on many types of injuries inside the passenger compartments of many types of vehicles, including wheelchair accessible taxis, found that even wheelchair passengers could be susceptible to injury in certain vehicles. In all, due to the restraining system used and movement of chair or pushchair in the event of an accident.

So remember, if you have a passenger approach with a pushchair because you can load them straight in, it's you and your insurance/premium that will suffer if you carry them while in the upright position, with child inside and not restrained.

Source: Unite 320 Taxi Branch.


LCY Len said...

So what are you supposed to do with them then?
It's against the law for people to hold children in their arms and none of us carry a range of baby/booster seats to accommodate various ages of children.So other than leaving them standing in the street how are we supposed to convey people with infants/children.
There will be some who will embrace this report with gusto and take great pleasure in leaving people with kids stood in the rain.
Another thing that will push punters into the open arms of the ever willing to do anything the passenger requires private hire.

Editorial said...

Len, this post was made to advise drivers who may fall foul of insurance claims.

While it's legally up to adult passengers whether they use the facilities provided (which they are advised to do in every Taxi, to conform to legislation), children under the age of 12 (I believe) are the responsibility of the driver.

It is not our job to moralise whether people should be picked up or not. There are unfortunately, drivers that need no excuse to not pick up prams or wheelchairs and nothing said on here will ever change this.

We are just advising drivers that they can be held responsible in the event of an incident.

Provisions are made by manufactures to supply the means to secure wheelchairs. All cabs come with this equipment.

What we would like to advise:
The trade should push for adequate designed equipment to secure prams and there contents.
Plus each Taxi should come with a reasonable child booster seat.

Most modern buggies have duel function and can be used as a make shift child seat, utilising the fitted safety belts.
By the way, this also applies to private hire drivers too.


Anonymous said...

2. When a child can travel without a car seat

A child can travel without a child car seat in some circumstances.

Taxis and minicabs (private hire vehicles)

In a licensed taxi or minicab:

children under 3 years of age can travel without a child’s car seat or seat belt, but only on the back seatchildren aged 3 years or older can travel without a child’

Ambulance Chaser said...

Nothing like the cab trade to exhibit a 'head in the sand' attitude Ed.

What you are quite right in saying that it's down to the driver if something happens.

Perhaps someone can answer me this:

Most cabs are licensed for Five Passengers, yet the fare chart states that 'babes in arms' don't count and children under Ten as effectively half passengers.

A theoretically possible load of one adult, 8 under tens and a baby!

I know that's a gross example but for insurance purposes:

When is a person a person?

Anonymous said...

and what about seat-belts etc

genhex said...

If you scroll down you will find the legal position re: children/ taxis and seatbelts. Hope this helps! http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/the-law/cars-taxis-private-hire-vehicles-vans-and-goods-vehicles/

Anonymous said...

Seems none of you know the law regarding children particularly in pushchairs. No child should be carried in a pushchair in the upright position. The seat belt law prevails. Wheel chairs have to be secured, push chairs don't?

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