"Adding MV-1 taxis to the Chicago fleet will improve the quality of life for many people with disabilities," said Pat Kemp, executive vice president, Mobility Ventures. "Convenient, affordable, safe and reliable transportation is a critical need for more than half a million people with disabilities living in the Chicago area."
To meet the city's goal, taxi licensees in Chicago who own at least 10 medallions will be required to devote 10 percent of their fleet to wheelchair-accessible vehicles by 2018. Previously, taxi licensees with 20 medallions needed 5 percent of their fleet to be wheelchair-accessible.
The MV-1 is the ideal vehicle for taxi licensees who serve wheelchair users because vehicle features such as spaciousness and ramp length were influenced by wheelchair users. Chicago taxi operators with MV-1s already in service agree. According to Demetrios Manolitsis, owner of Ionian Taxi Service, "We chose the MV1 for our fleet for multiple reasons. The first and most important is that it is factory built, not retrofitted. And the wheelchair ramp comes with two options: automatic or manual. But my favorite thing about the vehicle is the ability to sit multiple passengers comfortably with a lot of luggage. The driver prefers the MV1 because of its durability and flexibility."
About Mobility Ventures
Mobility Ventures LLC is an industry innovator in purpose-built paratransit vehicles for public and private transportation providing design, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer service support. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General LLC. To learn more about Mobility Ventures, please visit www.mv-1.us.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chicago-adds-50-wheelchair-accessible-mv-1s-to-taxi-fleet-300294635.html
SOURCE Mobility Ventures