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Fare's fair if you want to drive a taxi

Insulin users wishing to obtain a taxi licence have been offered fresh hope by new guidance on taxi licensing, published today by the Department for Transport.

The 'Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Best Practice Guidance' for England and Wales recommends that "best practice is to apply the C1 standards".

C1 licences are granted after applicants have successfully undertaken a strict medical assessment and must be renewed annually. Some Local Authorities, who are responsible for issuing licences, automatically banned insulin users from driving taxis or minicabs.

"This is fantastic news," said Penny Mordaunt, Director of Nations, Regions and Campaigning at Diabetes UK.

"We hope that the Local Authorities who still have blanket bans in place will change their policy and adopt individual medical assessment.

"Many people with diabetes are perfectly fit to drive taxis and should not be denied the chance to earn a living.

"We hope this sends a message to other areas where people with diabetes still face discrimination. It simply is not acceptable."

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