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Age Discrimination For Cab Drivers Queried

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GMB Raise With TFL Whether Requirement For Annual Medicals For Drivers Over 65 Is Unfair And Discriminatory

Whilst it is clear there is a legitimate need for such checks it is probably unfair and discriminatory for those who have no choice to pay fees on a more frequent basis say law firm UNIONLINE.

GMB, the union for professional drivers, has written to Transport for London (TFL) asking that they conduct a review of the requirement that all private hire vehicle and taxi drivers aged over 65 should be subject to annual medicals on the grounds that this is contrary to age and disability discrimination legislation.

GMB plan to raise the issue with other licencing authorities who have the same requirement.

Steve Garelick, GMB Branch Secretary Professional Drivers, said “I have written to TFL on this after taking legal advice on behalf of a member over the doctors’ fees that a driver over 65 has to pay for continuing to hold a license on an annual basis unlike those who are under 65 who need less frequent medicals.

This is also the case for drivers who have to have more frequent checks for other reasons.

Doctors can charge as they wish for private medicals with some charging as much as £150.

UNIONLINE advice that whilst it is clear there is a legitimate need for such checks it is probably unfair and discriminatory for those who have no choice but to pay fees on a more frequent basis. GMB and UNIONLINE will study very carefully the reply from TFL on this.

GMB cab drivers consider that all taxi and phv drivers over 65 should be refunded these medical bills by TFL for past medicals and also for future medicals if TFL insist on maintaining this discriminatory requirement.”

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Contact: Steve Garelick GMB Branch Secretary Professional Drivers 07565 456776 or UNIONLINE Jennifer Walker at Jennifer.walker@unionline.co.uk or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

UNIONLINE is an independent law firm based in Sheffield that advises nearly 1 million trade union members.

 

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