South Gloucestershire taxis

Taxi travel overview 

Many taxi companies in South Gloucestershire now offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis are usually black cabs, wheelchair-adapted vehicles, people carriers, minibuses or converted small vans. 

They may have a ramp or a passenger lift to assist a wheelchair user with getting into the vehicle, which is far easier than transferring from a wheelchair to a car seat and dismantling the wheelchair for the journey. 

Hackney carriages

These vehicles generally look like London style cabs and all have an illuminated TAXI sign on the roof. Taxis can be hailed in the street or they can be hired at taxi ranks. 

All hackney carriages are wheelchair-accessible vehicles, although drivers may not be able to carry all types of wheelchairs. Drivers will perform a risk assessment for less standard wheelchairs to establish if they are able to transport them safely.

Selected accessible taxi companies

V Cars

www.v-cars.com

Services in Bristol from Avonmouth to Pucklechurch. Can provide accessible taxis.

Contact: 0117 925 2626, 0117 942 0030, or bristol@v-cars.com

Kingswood Cab Company

www.bristoltaxi.net

Taxi service in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, providing wheelchair-accessible taxis with ramp access.

Contact: 0117 961 9000

Access 2 Travel

access2travel.co.uk

Based in Downend and covering all local areas. They operate a specially adapted vehicle taxi with a low gradient ramp, and a lowered floor for ease of access which can carry up to 6 passengers and 2 wheelchairs.

Contact: 0117 214 14 14 or 07900 975920

Wheelchair Taxi

www.wheelchairtaxisbristol.com

A South Gloucestershire hackney taxi operator based in Kingswood, Bristol. They can carry one person in a wheelchair and four other passengers. Vehicles can also accommodate electric scooters. 

Contact: 07803354345

Euro Taxis

www.eurotaxis.com

Based in Yate, they can provide wheelchair-accessible taxis.

Contact: 0333 666 6666

Downend Taxi

downendtaxi.co.uk

Based in Downend and covering the whole of Bristol, they have a number of accessible taxis.

Contact: 07713 059964

Planning a journey

  • Book your taxi in advance, especially at busy times.  
  • If you are booking a Private Hire Vehicle, you can request the price in advance.  
  • If you need a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, ensure that you specify any access requirements and your mobility equipment at the time of booking.

Keeping safe when travelling

As wheelchairs are carefully designed to support a disabled person, wheelchair-accessible taxis allow disabled people to stay in the position that is best for their body and posture.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis must be equipped to secure the wheelchair when the cab is in motion. Seat belts or lap belts should be available to keep the wheelchair user steady.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis are also adding different forms of lighting to help the visually impaired.

All the equipment in a wheelchair taxi should be regularly tested by the driver to ensure it remains in good repair.

Operator obligations

The law states that to comply with the Equalities Act 2010, licensed drivers are under a legal duty to carry wheelchair users, guide, hearing and other prescribed assistance dogs in their vehicles without additional charge. 

The law expects drivers:

  • to carry the passenger while in a wheelchair and not to make any additional charge for doing so
  • if the passenger chooses to sit in a passenger seat, to carry the wheelchair
  • to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the passenger is carried in safety and reasonable comfort; and
  • to give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonable

Sections 168 and 170 of the Equality Act 2010, requires non-exempt drivers of taxis and PHVs to accept the carriage of assistance dogs and to refrain from charging extra for them.

All taxi and minicab drivers must make sure they do not discriminate against disabled people and should not treat them less favourably than non-disabled customers. 

They should also make reasonable adjustments to ensure you receive the same services, as far as this is possible, as someone who is not disabled.

If a taxi driver does discriminate against you, you should complain to your local authority’s Licencing Department.

Disclaimer
Any advice or information given by the Hubs Mobility Advice Service is impartial and correct at the time it is provided. However, as operators may change their services or equipment prior to your journey or booking, you are strongly advised to check any details directly with them shortly before you expect to travel.