Reference: UG539

Last update: 09/11/2006 15:02:00


The project supports the Government's plans for accessible public transport under the Disability Discrimination Act. It will provide the ergonomic data to inform policy decisions on fully accessible taxis.


The research will ensure that disabled people, including those, who use and wish to remain in their wheelchairs, can get into and out of and travel in licensed taxi in safety and reasonable comfort. The aim of the project is to make sure that a transport system work for everyone.


Ergonomics and Safety Research Ltd
Holywell Building, Holywell Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3UZ
01509 283300

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £148,645.00

Actual start date: 12 May 2003

Actual completion date: 11 April 2006


Ergonomic Requirements for Accessible Taxis
Author: DfT Ricability ESRI Loughborough University
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Source: DfT Website
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The Determination of Accessible Taxi Requirements
Author: Ricability ESRI
Publication date: 24/11/2003
Source: DfT Website
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Summary of results

  1. The research was able to make recommendations for a number of key ergonomic criteria such as ramp gradient, door design, step height, roof height, seat design, lighting and, door closure effort and handle design. The project delivered the planned outputs in full.