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Guide dog test for taxi drivers

TAXI DRIVERS will be taking lessons from Guide Dogs soon, in an attempt to educate them in how to deal with disabled passengers.

The dogs, from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, are part of a new course for drivers in Leamington Spa, Warwick and Kenilworth. The association and Warwick District Council have put together the three-hour course which covers sight and physical disabilities.

All new drivers in Warwick district have to attend the course.

Anne Mellor, chairman of the council's regulatory committee, said: ‘The course costs the drivers £30, but the benefits to their passengers are enormous. Just knowing how to help a blind or wheelchair bound passenger to access their vehicle correctly is a basic requirement of the service we oversee.’