A blind woman says she is frequently left…

A blind woman says she is frequently left stranded by taxi drivers who refuse to let her travel with her guide dog.
Madeline Close, from Fareham, Hampshire, said it happened to her and her Labrador retriever Deano, “at least once a month”.
Guide Dogs for the Blind said 49% of owners had suffered some form of access denial in the past year.
The National Taxi Association said it was unable to comment.
The Equality Act 2010 rules it an offence for licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to discriminate unless the driver has a medical exemption certificate.
Ms Close, who regularly uses taxis for work, said she was “very angry”.
“Not only does it delay you, but in the last instance it was raining, so we were getting soaking wet.”

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