MP Ferrier wants to end guide dog discrimation
Margaret Ferrier MP has met with guide dog owners in the Houses of Parliament to hear about their experiences of being turned away by businesses.
Over 100 guide dog owners travelled to Westminster from across the country to talk to their MPs about the discrimination they face in their daily lives.
The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West gave support to the charity Guide Dogs’“Access All Areas” campaign to ensure guide dog owners can carry out everyday activities such as travel by taxi or go to the local shops, without the risk of being turned away.
According to law, guide dog owners are allowed the same access to shops, restaurants and taxis as everyone else. Yet, all too often, guide dog owners are told that their dog is not welcome and not allowed in. In fact, three out of every four guide dog owners has been turned away from a taxi, business or service because of their dog.
Ms Ferrier is supporting calls for disability equality training, and for offenders to be properly punished under the law when they illegally discriminate against guide dog owners.
Commenting, Margaret Ferrier MP said:“Even though there is a legal right of access for those with guide dogs, they still seem to face everyday hurdles that they shouldn’t have to.
“It is important for businesses and service providers to understand their obligations. Guide dog owners are entitled to the same access rights as everyone else, and it is important that public awareness be increased.”