IRIC continue to receive adverse incident reports where occupied wheelchairs tip over in taxis in transit resulting in injury to the wheelchair user. There is a concern that some taxi drivers are not trained in the safe carriage of occupied wheelchairs. A number of local authorities are addressing this concern with mandatory training for taxi drivers, including a practical test on mobility and wheelchair assistance, as part of the licencing requirement.
This Safety Information Message is raising awareness of the need for taxi driver training in occupied wheelchair carriage and is surveying local authorities to confirm the steps they are currently taking, or plan to take, in this regard.
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