No extra fees allowed for wheelchairs, service dogs
Clarington This Week
Taxi owners and drivers cannot charge extra for passengers with a disability, or charge extra to transport wheelchairs, and now all service animals must be allowed, after Clarington updated the bylaw that regulates taxi licences.
Council voted to amend its taxi bylaw to ensure it complies with the requirements set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
“The newly amended bylaw ensures that services in the Municipality are accessible to all our residents. We are following guidelines set out in the AODA, Clarington is well on its way to meeting the provincial government’s target for an accessible Ontario by 2025,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster in a press release.
The updated bylaw prohibits taxi owners and operators from charging an extra fee for passengers with a disability. It also prohibits taxi owners and operators from charging an additional fee to transport mobility aids such as wheelchairs. The bylaw requires taxi owners to place their vehicle registration information on the right rear bumper of the taxi and to provide the information in an accessible format upon request. The bylaw also expands its current allowance of guide dogs to allow all service animals.