As it emerges Aberdeen City Council has performed an 11th hour U-turn on plans to make every cab in the city wheelchair accessible, we ask members of the public for their views on the plans.
“I think it’s a good idea for every taxi to be wheelchair accessible because it makes it fair for all the drivers. People will complain and moan about it but that always happens with proposals like this.”
John Nicol, 35, general contractor, Aberdeen.
“I’m in favour of the idea. People can complain about the wheelchair accessible taxis being uncomfortable, but if this is to the benefit of disabled people then surely everyone else can put up with some slight discomfort.”
Paul Annand, 49, unemployed, Aberdeen.
“I’m disabled and I think this proposal should be passed because personally I don’t think there is any difference between a saloon taxi and a wheelchair accessible taxi. And if it helps wheelchair users then that is a good thing as well.”
Kathleen Rodden, 60, retired, Heathryfold.
“I’m not sure why they are considering this because at the moment they have a pretty even split and that meets the demands of disabled people. In my opinion the wheelchair accessible taxis are definitely more uncomfortable than saloon taxis so it would be an inconvenience to everyone else if the fleet was 100% accessible.”
James Rodden, 60, retired, Heathryfold.