Taxi drivers pass the Marty test

Aug 29, 2019

MEET Marty the black Labrador. He has been left with his tail wagging
after several taxi journeys in Milton Keynes revealed drivers have learned they
must accept assistance dogs.

Marty and his owner joined in with the test purchase organised jointly
by Milton Keynes and South Northamptonshire Councils earlier this month.

In total five drivers were either pre-booked or hailed on the street and
all accepted the fare.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Both councils have unfortunately had to take enforcement action against drivers in recent years for refusing to take assistance dogs.

“Their worry over a few dog hairs can cause great distress to their
owners so we’re very glad the drivers we used on the day knew and followed the
rules.”

Depending on the circumstances, taxi drivers who refuse to take
assistance dogs risk a formal warning or points on their Taxi Licence which
could result in the revocation of their licence if the sanction puts them over
the limit of 12 points.

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