[NABS-L] NABS-L Cab driver suspended

Aleeha Dudley blindcowgirl1993 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 18:03:51 UTC 2018

Tyler is quite right. I travel by air and by cab all the time, and neither requires that I disclose my service animal. They offer that as a courtesy to those who wish to disclose, but we are not required. Under the law, your dog cannot take up more than your allotted seat space, so airlines do not have to give that to you. I know that some airlines, mainly in Canada, will give an extra seat upon request, but you still do not have to disclose. 
Aleeha Dudley 

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From: Littlefield, Tyler via NABS-L
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 1:18 PM
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Subject: Re: [NABS-L] NABS-L Cab driver suspended

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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