The NYC Taxi and limousine board has set firm rules to protect the disabled they even went as far as to construct a sign made of plastic complete with braille on it called the “RIDERS BILL OF RIGHTS”
Right there on the board it Says
”THE DISABLED HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SERVICE DOG”
For the most part When Zeus and I travel in cabs In NYC the cabbies do the right thing they know the vest means he wont crap in the car or piss on the upholstery or attack the driver or any other K9 bad habit.
That said from time to time and last night after a beautiful day was one of those times Ignorant abusive drivers crawl out from under rocks.
As my friends who also follow my face book will know, yesterday was a great day breakfast with a best friend , followed by a few ales and lunch at the “New York coffee shop restaurant” in union square with she who must be obeyed and then jewelry shopping to celebrate a great thing happening in our lives plus a financial win over abuse that occurred during our recent trip to Australia followed by bookings and dinner at a high end Japanese restaurant perfect right? Yes wonderfully so until we started hailing a cab.
New York has had a checkered past with cabs for the disabled so there are not a lot of accessible cabs but if a ca is purpose built for the disabled at a cost to the owner you would think there is an onus on the owner to be aware of disabled rights? Well we hailed the first accessible cab and the Arabic driver saw Zeus and immediately screamed “I don’t want no stinking dog pissing on my upholstery” we pointed out the vest he just repeated it and drove off after 15 minutes on a cold drizzling new york night in Manhattan another pulled up again a bearded young middle eastern Arabic or Lebanese or Yemen somewhere in that part of the world he looked at Zeus as he opened the back hatch and screamed “dog in the back with chair in the back” I said sir that defeats the purpose of a service dog if he is in the back behind luggage barriers and I have a seizure he is unable to do his Job “he replied “Call 911 I don’t carry dogs! Now remember
1/THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT SAYS HIS WORDS AND ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL.
2/ THE NYC LIMOUSINE AND TAXI BOARD, HIS OWN RULING BODY SAYS HIS WORDS AND ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL.
3/ THE PLASTIC SIGN ATTACHED TO THE BACK OF HIS DRIVERS SEAT WHICH HE HIMSELF PUT THERE SAYS HIS WORDS AND ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL
4/WHEN HE PURPOSE BULT HIS CAB FOR DISABLED USE HE RECIEVED TAX BREAKS BECAUSE OF HIS CHOICE AND PART OF THOSE BREAKS HE HAD TO STUDY THE ADA AND PROVE HE WAS INFORMED OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES IN CARRYING THE DISABLED.
So we have a driver who got federal money because he claimed t want to help the disabled, he drives a vehicle built to carry us, yet he was as abusive as any thug on any ghetto street so if he can get a hack license and government funds why not cut out the middle man lets just paint our cabs red and blue and let the bloods and the crips drive at least the know to make money you have to play a game by the rules!