West midlands news
Campaigning news from the West midlands
A taxi driver has been fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.
Campaigner Sue Smith was supported by RNIB to make the complaint to TC Cars and Solihull Council after she was left by the driver outside the RNIB office in Birmingham. The driver in question refused to take Sue and her Guide Dog Sonny, saying that his car wasn't big enough to carry him.
On 23 September campaigners attended a workshop in Birmingham about NHS England's accessible information standard.The accessible information standard is being developed to make sure that health and social care providers have a systematic approach to recording and responding to patients' communication and information needs.
On 20 August, Dan Byles, MP North Warwickshire and Bedworth, went on a blindfold bus journey with a group of local campaigners and staff from the Warwickshire Association for the Blind as part of our ‘Stop for me, speak to me’ campaign.
On 24 July, local campaigner Steve Plumpton took Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton, on a blindfold bus journey so that he understands the difficulty blind and partially residents face when travelling by bus.
As part of a town centre improvement project, Solihull Council is proposing to remove two controlled crossings in the busy town centre.