Israel Turning a Blind Eye to Discrimination Against Blind

Minister revokes officials’ power to punish drivers who refuse to allow seeing-eye dogs on public transport.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz revoked the regulation giving his ministry the authority to file charges against public transportation drivers, such as bus and taxi drivers, who violate the law by refusing to transport blind persons with their seeing-eye dogs. As a result of the revocation of the order, the Transportation Ministry has stopped handling complaints from the blind in such cases.