I’ve been told by rude taxi drivers that I’m too fat for taxis

A DISABLED man has shared how taxi drivers routinely tell him he’s too fat for their cab – and wants to raise awareness.

Charley Jonstone-Brent, 20, is struggling to use public transport in his wheelchair and finds taxis the most convenient option for getting around.

Charley Jonstone-Brent says he's regularly told he's too fat to drive a cab


Charley Jonstone-Brent says he’s regularly told he’s too fat to drive a cab

The university freshman from Radford, Notts., said he now faces discrimination from taxi drivers on an almost daily basis, which causes him “a lot of stress and anxiety” when trying to get around the city.

He also suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder after being hit by a bus in February and was wheelchair-bound.

said Charlie NottinghamLive: “I am a regular user of Nottingham taxis, especially as a wheelchair user it is not always easy to use a bus.

“Almost every day, the first thing a taxi driver will do is comment on my weight and say I’m too fat to ride in their cab.

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“Me and my wheelchair weigh less than 300kg, the safe loading weight of the vehicle ramp. Another thing is that their ramps don’t work or they forgot their ramps at home.

“They shouldn’t go out without their ramps and it’s a criminal offense if they do so. If they reluctantly go down a ramp, they’ll berate me.”

Mr Jonstone-Brent said he takes an average of two taxis a day five days a week and spends between £60 and £100 on taxis every seven days.

He uses green and black cab taxis that line up around town, but gets “comments and discrimination” from the drivers at least three times a week.

He added, “I just want people to be more aware of that.”

Charlotte Throssel, the chief executive of the charity Disability Support in Nottingham, said: “I think the services should be reminded that not only is this discriminatory, rude and shameful, but they are losing money by refusing this gentleman.

“Your attention should be focused on the Purple Pound and take a refresher course on the Equality Act.”

Charley reported the recent incident of discrimination to Taxi Licensing, a service of Nottingham City Council.

The Council confirmed that they were aware of the latest allegation and had spoken to the driver of the taxi in question.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “We are aware of Mr Jonstone-Brent’s concerns and have spoken to him directly and will investigate this further.

“We also spoke to the driver to remind him of the rules. All taxi drivers know that any form of discrimination against wheelchair users is unacceptable.”

They added: “All Hackney taxis in Nottingham are London-style taxis with disabled access and we expect private taxi companies to have a responsibility to offer disabled vehicles.

“Any formal complaint we receive will be fully investigated and could lead to criminal prosecution and either a driver’s license revocation or suspension.” I’ve been told by rude taxi drivers that I’m too fat for taxis

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