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Making an application for Exemption under the Equality Act 2010

Exemption to carry wheelchairs

To apply for an exemption for the carriage of a wheelchair you will need to complete the following forms:

It is the responsibility of drivers who require an exemption to apply to the Council.

You can find out more about the the responsibility of drives in the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles Wheelchairs and Assistance Dog’s Policy and in the passengers in wheelchairs extract from the Equality Act 2010.

When submitting your completed form, this must be accompanied by the Medical Assessment form completed by your GP or Consultant who is treating you for the condition and who has full access to your medical history.

Based on the evidence provided the Council’s Licensing Officers will determine if you should be exempt from these duties. If approved, we will issue you with an Exemption Certificate, and an Exemption Notice to display prominently in the vehicle.

You can appeal to the magistrates' court within 28 days if we decide not to issue you with an Exemption Certificate

Exemption to carry assistance dogs

To apply for an exemption for the carriage of an assistance dog you will need to complete the following forms:

It is the responsibility of drivers who require an exemption to apply to the Council.

You can find out more about the the responsibility of drives in the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles Wheelchairs and Assistance Dog’s Policy.

Failure to comply with the duties set out in the Act is a criminal offence, subject on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1,000).

For more information contact Tunbridge Wells licensing department licensing@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

When submitting your completed form, this must be accompanied by the Medical Assessment form completed by your GP or Consultant who is treating you for the condition and who has full access to your medical history.

Based on the evidence provided the Council’s Licensing Officers will determine if you should be exempt from these duties. If approved, we will issue you with an Exemption Certificate, and an Exemption Notice to display prominently in the vehicle.

You can appeal to the magistrates' court within 28 days if we decide not to issue you with an Exemption Certificate.

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