Warrington Disability Partnership

Can this really be acceptable?

Here's a strange story of a cabbie, a small misunderstanding then an amazing surely illegal activity?

I have read this story a few times now. It's a tale of a misunderstanding between a taxi cab driver and a husband and wife, the latter a wheelchair user. The cabbie, apparently thinking his customers were about to skip without paying, decided, bizarrely, to "confiscate" the ladies wheelchair from the boot and long story short she had to be carried into her home, and the driver drove off with a hostage....the wheelchair.....

A step too far and maybe even illegal?

I'm confused. I suspect the cabbie didn't think this through and we do not know the full story so maybe he had cause for concern re his fare, but, surely confiscating someone's wheelchair, even if as the result of a simple row or misunderstanding has to be well, not very legal? I bet the cabbie regrets it now and frankly I'd need to be sure this even happened as the Mail Online reports but if it did, it's not clever is it? Would the cabbie have tried to tie someone's legs together to achieve the same aim as denying them their wheelchair? I think not. But somehow the wheelchair seems fair game here and where's the understanding that someone's wheelchair is their legs. All very strange but a diversion from benefit cuts and ministerial resignations.


About the author

Mark Wilson was a trustee on the WDP Board for five years, and a social media management lead until 1st May 2017. Mark's personal blogging website, The Blue Badge Blog, covers a wide range of disability issues, particularly accessible travel.

21st March 2016