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Guilty Cabbie Is First Convicted Of Refusing Guide Dog
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 7, 2006

LONDON, ENGLAND--A cab driver has been convicted and fined for refusing to take a blind passenger and her guide dog.

The Norwich Evening News reported that it is the first time a taxi driver has been convicted for denying service to a rider with a disability because of a service animal.

Bernie Reddington, 37, filed the complaint against taxi driver Basir Miah under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which makes discrimination against people with disabilities a criminal offense.

Reddington said that she arranged for the private cab to take her, 13-year-old son Christopher, who is also blind, and her guide dog Orla to the train station. She said she "felt sub-human and awful" when Miah saw Orla and said, "No dogs."

Last week, Miah admitted in court to refusing to transport the family. The court fined him £150 ($275 US).

Reddington told the Evening News she was surprised to learn that this was the first such conviction.

"I thought there must have been someone feistier or gutsier than I am who would have complained," she said.

"If this can stop something like that happening to anyone else then it will be worthwhile. I really hope this sends out a message to all taxi drivers to think again before they decide to break the law."

"I hope this benefits other blind and partially sighted people who have guide dogs."

Related:
"Cabbie would not take my guide dog" (Norwich Evening News)

http://www.inclusiondaily.com/news/06/red/0607a.htm

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