New taxi system for blind
South Lanarkshire has become the second local authority in Scotland to introduce a tactile certificate showing if taxi drivers are medically exempt from carrying guide dogs.
The exemption process has been in place for some time if a driver has medical proof that they are unable to have dogs in their taxi due to allergies.
Communicating this and providing proof to guide dog owners has always been tricky but the new certificate should go some way to resolving this.
The move has been welcomed by Guide Dogs Scotland.
Laura Bradley, a guide dog owner, said: “It’s good to know that if a taxi driver says they can’t take me and my guide dog because of an allergy I can ask for this certificate.
“It has an embossed E in the bottom right hand corner that I can feel.
“For other guide dog owners who have some vision the black and white on the yellow background makes it instantly recognisable.”