New taxi sys­tem for blind

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

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.”

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