THOUSANDS of leaflets are to be given to taxi customers in a bid to overturn proposed disabled access rules.
Aberdeen City Council wants to make all 1,079 city taxis wheelchair accessible by 2017.
The Unite union’s taxi branch has outlined it would agree to more taxis being wheelchair-accessible, but not 100% of vehicles.
Approximately 48% of taxis within the city are already wheelchair accessible.
But the union is now to hand out thousands of questionnaires asking members of the public to give their views.
Steve Robertson, Aberdeen’s taxi representative for Unite, today said there isn’t enough demand from customers to require all taxis to be wheelchair-accessible.
He said: “Wheelchair users find them a great help but the elderly really struggle to use the vehicles because of their height.”
“We are looking for a sensible split, which would be either 60-40 or 50-50 but it has to be mixed fleet.
Convener of the city council’s taxi consultation group Scott Carle could not be reached for comment.