Re: [IRLGuideDogs] Refusal to Carry Guide Dogs in Taxis

  • From: "Padraig Mallon" <padraig@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:33:11 -0000

Audrey,
As both Neil Ashworth and Lean Kennedy are away today, can I reassure you that 
we will continue to work with guide dog owners and also with transportation 
providers to ensure that access to transportation and services is relatively 
problem free.
Lean is available to assist with specific issues and also to work with industry 
groups to increase awareness of their responsibilities and obligations, best 
practice etc.

Padraig Mallon
Chief Executive 
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

-----Original Messsage
From: irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Audrey Tormey
Sent: 16 November 2006 19:11
To: guidedog-egroup
Subject: [IRLGuideDogs] Refusal to Carry Guide Dogs in Taxis

Hi there,

Just interested in feedback in terms of individuals experience re.
travelling in taxis with their guide dogs!
I use public transport a great deal, and taxis regularly too.  Recently, I
have come across undesirable practices and attitudes of taxi and cab drivers
towards the reality of me travelling with Woody, and on highlighting that it
is illegal to refuse to carry a GDO and his, her dog, I have heard a whole
array of excuses! At this point I won't go into too much detail, since my
experiences are currently with the Taxi Regulator's Office and being
pursued - suffice to say, I find it intolerant, inexcusable, and totally
discriminatory behaviour.  Thankfully, on the other hand, I have drivers who
pick us up too who never question the issue of travel with one's guide dog!

I feel as a group, and certainly as an organisation, all involved with guide
dogs [and assistance dogs of any kind] must promote awareness on a large
scale in order to combat the prejudices that exist sadly in society in 2006!

Any feedback in terms of one's experiences most welcome!

Cheers!

Audrey & Wonderful Woody

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