WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobility Ventures, LLC - manufacturer of the universally accessible MV-1 vehicle, and the Washington D.C. Taxi Commission (DCTC) today announced delivery of the first 14 new MV-1 wheelchair accessible taxis as part of an innovative grant initiative that helps taxi owners and drivers purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles.
A media event was held at Transco, Inc., in Northeast, D.C., where as part of the grant initiative, disability sensitivity and vehicle operation training is offered free of charge to taxi owners and operators. The event was attended by key community, business and disability advocate leaders, to recognize the success of this initiative in helping to get more accessible vehicles on the streets of the nation's capital.
Under the public-private initiative, the DCTC offered taxicab company owners and drivers a $7,500 grant towards the purchase of a MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicle, with Mobility Ventures contributing additional incentives to lower the cost of ownership for grant recipients.
"Accessible transportation is an absolute necessity for those in the disability community, and Mobility Ventures is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mayor Bowser, DCTC Chairman, Ernest Chrappah and disability advocates around the city as we fight to bring equal accessibility to transportation one step closer to reality," said Howard Glaser, President of AM General Commercial Business (parent company of Mobility Ventures). "We look forward to continuing our work with the DC Taxi Commission and other local, state and federal entities, knowing together we can bridge the gap in accessible transportation."
"My Administration is committed to providing transportation options that are convenient, equitable, and accessible to every resident and visitor in the District of Columbia," said Mayor Muriel Bowser. "We are excited to deliver 14 new wheelchair accessible taxis that will meet the needs of riders and raise the bar for accessible transport in the nation's capital."
"We want the District's vehicle for hire industry to meet the needs for all of our residents and visitors," DCTC Chairman, Ernest Chrappah stated. "To that end, we are pleased to report that this program, in which operators can obtain wheelchair accessible vehicles, complete a free training program to understand the facts of living with a disability and best practices for drivers, followed by training to have the necessary skills to work with mobility devices and accessible vehicles, provides a holistic approach to enhancing transportation services."
Information about the MV-1 family of accessible vehicles can easily be found on our new website at www.mv-1.us The site includes useful information on building/customizing your own MV-1, vehicle specifications, a downloadable brochure, vehicle photos and the nationwide dealer network locations. Also, please click the hyperlinks below for informative MV-1 customer testimonials.
About Mobility Ventures LLC
Mobility Ventures 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. Please see more information about Mobility Ventures at www.mv-1.us
About AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineer, manufacture and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries. Its growing Commercial business includes its wholly owned subsidiary, Mobility Ventures, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities. AM General is also proud to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to be its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Indiana. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at www.amgeneral.com.
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