[NABS-L] NABS-L Cab driver suspended

Littlefield, Tyler tyler at tysdomain.com
Mon Jul 16 17:17:38 UTC 2018

I travel a few times a year. airlines ask if you have a service animal,
but they're not asking so they can keep the seat open. They will put
someone in the seat next to you if it's a full flight, and if there's no
room you need to learn how to position your dog properly.

Taxi services -do not- need to ask you if you have a guide dog. They
should legally transport you, and predisclosing this information ahead
of time is a problem. I am, nor should I be required to disclose that I
have a guide dog so that they can try to find a cab driver who will
accept my dog, because that (from experience) takes longer to get a cab.
On 7/16/2018 1:08 PM, Ben Fulton via NABS-L wrote:
> I am also a guide dog user. So, I can say that some airlines do require you
> to let them know if you are travelling with an animal. - Some of the
> webpages even have a button that asks yes/no if you have a service animal.
> This makes sense if they are to have your dog in the cabin, they need to
> make sure there is room. I have never been charged extra, but the airline
> does need to know because they keep the seat next to you open for your dog.
> Not to be on the seat, of course, but because there is not enough room for
> your dog at your feet, and blocking the aisle is a hazard. I have flown with
> my dog several times now. So, I know what I'm talking about.
> Similarily, when you are travelling with multiple people the cab companies
> want to know how many people, so they know what vehicle to send. - They are
> not collecting information about you specifically, I'm not reading anything
> in all of this that says that the person has to give their name, so all that
> I'm saying is that the companies know what they are transporting, not the
> name of you or your dog. Just if they need space that is suitable for a dog.
> Like if I was booking a cab for four people, I would let them know, and if I
> didn't and the company sent a two-door hatchback I couldn't blame them for
> it.
> The law is that they cannot deny you, that person's with a diability need to
> be accommodated, but it must be possible for them to accommodate. The
> accommodations cannot create undue hardship. If they are attempting to
> accommodate and failure to communicate results in there being undue hardship
> in implementing the accommodations then the person with a disability will
> have a more difficult time in establishing that their rights have been
> violated.
> Subject: Re: [NABS-L] NABS-L] Cab driver suspended
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> As a service animal user myself, I feel that it is totally inappropriate for
> a taxi company to collect information about me and my service animal. The
> law says that allergies and fear of dogs are not reasons a driver can deny
> someone with a service animal. Airlines also do not require notice of travel
> with a service animal.
> Aleeha 
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> From: Ben Fulton via NABS-L
> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2018 4:01 PM
> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Cc: Ben Fulton
> Subject: [NABS-L] NABS-L] Cab driver suspended
> I agree. This is totally unacceptable. I wish that cab companies would start
> collecting information about whether the person requesting the ride has a
> service animal, so the company could send a driver who is not allergic. The
> data collection is lacking, and I wonder if any of the cab companies even
> ask their drivers about allergies.
> A number of airlines now ask about service dogs, and are quite accommodating
> when given the proper notice. Cab companies need to follow suit. 
> & what about the health risk that dog might experience riding in the trunk.
> It seems like the dog might be breathing in more exhaust, it is certainly
> not legal for people to ride in trunks. The cabbie should have had dispatch
> send a replacement.
> Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:20:40 +0000
> From: Armando Vias <a.vias at outlook.com>
> To: "nabs-l at nfbnet.org" <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [NABS-L] Cab driver suspended
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> Hey guys. I just came across the story. A cab driver got suspended for this.
> It is about a blind woman and her service dog. Some of you might have heard
> about this. I believe that this is wrong. This is totally unacceptable. Here
> is the link.
> https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Allergy/allergic-cabbie-forces-eye-dog-ride-tr
> unk-fined/story?id=13791380
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