You Can Catch a DC cab, but Cabs in DC Haven’t Caught Up with the 21st Century

 D.C. Cab Agency’s Disservice to People with Disabilities
 Published: June 24 reposted from The Washington Post

On Wednesday, my testimony before the D.C. Taxicab Commission was interrupted when the commission had two media representatives arrested for taking pictures, as noted in the June 24 editorial “Cabs, cops and cuffs.” I was testifying because cabs consistently refuse to pick me up because I am blind and use a service dog.

As a busy professional, I take six to 10 cabs weekly for work. Good Samaritans often help me hail cabs, only to tell me that an empty cab slowed down, saw me and my dog, and kept right on going.

0 Not all D.C. cab drivers violate the law; many go out of their way to offer me assistance. The problem is that the taxicab commission does not enforce the law. Also, the law says I do not have to pay extra for a service animal, yet cab drivers routinely try to charge me.

People with disabilities have been complaining about these practices for years. However, it seems the commission is too busy preventing the media from covering its meetings to bother enforcing the law. The time has come for the commission to recognize the negative impact its silence has on many of D.C.’s residents and tourists.

Jim Dickson, Washington

The writer is vice president of organizing and civic engagement for the American Association of People With Disabilities

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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