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No Taxi for Me and My Dog

A man has been awarded $2309 today in the Equal Opportunity Tribunal after a taxi driver refused to take his guide dog on board.

Mr Ellson who regularly visits Adelaide with his guide dog Luigi, called a taxi to take him from his hotel to the airport. When the taxi driver arrived Mr Ellson was told that Luigi could not ride in the car with him.

In a breakthrough decision, despite the denial of the taxi company, the Tribunal found that the company was responsible for the actions of the taxi driver in refusing to take Mr Ellson's guide dog.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Linda Matthews said, "This sends a timely reminder to everyone in the community that people cannot be refused a service because they are accompanied by a guide dog."

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