A taxi driver has recently been convicted for refusing to take on a passenger with a guide dog, a decision welcomed by blind groups.
Janice Powers was refused into a taxi with her dog in Cardiff Bay. The taxi driver replied “take me to court” when she protested against the decision. Driver Nader Rohbani-Eivazi was eventually fined £200 and £215 in magistrates costs, for breaking disability laws.
Powers and a group of friends, including a visually-impaired colleague, were refused by the taxi driver to be taken to the train station in time for the last train to Carmarthen, after attending an event for diversity and equality.
She said that the driver simply said “four people but no dog”. She expressed her shock at the decision, since the driver had disabled stickers on his vehicle. After pointing out the fact that the driver would be breaking the law, he told the group to take him to court.
Fortunately another driver took them to the station and they caught the last train.
Powers contacted the council soon after and was supported by Cardiff, Vales and Valleys Institute for the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNIB Cymru.
Rohbani-Eivazi was found guilty for breaking the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995.