Taxis would be required to be wheelchair-accessible under city councilman’s proposed bill

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A proposed bill could mandate that all taxis become wheelchair-accessible, banishing the “Taxi of Tomorrow” deal.
Councilman Corey Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would require all cabs to be wheelchair-accessible – and banish the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow.

Under current plans, half of the yellow taxi fleet would be wheelchair-friendly by 2020. The legislation would up that number to 100%, and would also apply to black cars including e-hail services like Uber.

Councilman Corey Johnson introduced the bill Thursday.
And after complaints by disability advocates who want the city to revisit its Taxi of Tomorrow deal with Nissan, the bill would require the cabs to load wheelchairs from the side, rather than from the back like the current Nissan model.

“People with disabilities were kind of an afterthought in this process,” Johnson (D-Manhattan) said. “The whole thing was a mess. It’s embarrassing we are where we are in 2015.”

After complaints by disability advocates who want the city to revisit its Taxi of Tomorrow deal with Nissan, the bill would require the cabs to load wheelchairs from the side, rather than from the back like the current Nissan model.
Taxi and Limousine Commission Allan Fromberg said officials will review the bill but added, “The comprehensive plans we have currently in motion will give New York City the largest accessible fleet in the nation, reflecting our resolute commitment to enhancing transportation options for persons 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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