MP supports Guide Dogs charity at parliamentary reception

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19 Dec 2018
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended an event in Parliament to highlight the fact that three quarters of guide dog owners have been refused access to a restaurant, shop or taxi.

The event was organised by the charity, Guide Dogs, which has had a long running campaign to enable assistance dog owners to access taxis, shops and restaurants without being refused entry, in line with their legal rights.

Under the Equality Act, guide dog and other assistance dog owners have the right to enter the majority of services, premises and vehicles with their dog. The most frequent places that guide dog owners are refused access are restaurants, shops and taxis.

According to Guide Dogs, in a one-year period, 42% of assistance dog owners were refused entry to a taxi or minicab because of that dog. That is why Guide Dogs is calling on the Government to make sure that all taxi and minicab drivers carry out disability equality training.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“It was a real pleasure to meet Laura and her guide dog Jimmy in Parliament and to hear about the Guide Dogs charity campaign for access for people with guide dogs.

“Guide dogs play a vital role in the day-to-day lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.

“It is essential people are able to access taxis, shops and restaurants with their guide dogs.”