A new study shows that if you’re blind and living in Washington, D.C., when you’re trying to hail a cab with your guide dog at your side, there’s a good chance empty cabs will pass you by.
The Equal Rights Center released a report yesterday saying that in half of its 30 tests, cab drivers passed by someone with a guide dog to pick up someone without a guide dog 100 feet away. You can see the sad results in the video above. According to the Washington Post, in three cases, drivers tried to add a surcharge for the guide dog.
It’s all completely against the law, and although blind people there have been complaining about this for years, there’s little they can do to prove their case. The report helps do that. (Read the full report here.) But now what? The report suggests many possible solutions, including increasing enforcement and fines, and requiring additional training for anyone involved in the taxi business.
This isn’t the first time this kind of discrimination has made headlines, and unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Dogsters with service dogs: Have you been discriminated against because of your dog? Do you think things have gotten better or worse in recent years? We’d love to hear from you.