NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater New York Taxi Association stands united with the Taxis For All Campaign in calling on New York City to require a 100 percent wheelchair-accessible fleet. Our groups also urge the city to abandon its ill-conceived plan to require just a single yellow-taxi model.
All New Yorkers should have the right to stick up their hand and hail a cab. And all New Yorkers have the right to ride in the best taxis available.
Last month, Mayor Bloomberg said, "We…have taxis that don't have all the facilities we want." On that, we agree with the mayor. Unfortunately, the city's so-called Taxi of Tomorrow is not accessible, road tested or green. An accessible retrofit of the Taxi of Tomorrow also is untested and requires major post-manufacturer reconstruction. (Mayor Bloomberg also charged that drivers don't pick up some people based on their looks, but ignored the fact that many wheelchair users can't be picked up at all because taxis aren't accessible.)
Taxi accessibility must be a basic requirement for New York City's taxis or other street-hail cars, as has been the case in London since 1989. We call on Speaker Quinn and the entire council to follow our lead and unite on the vision of a fully accessible fleet with vehicle choice.
The Greater New York Taxi Association is an organization of progressive taxi owners who operate nearly all of the 231 wheelchair accessible taxis (out of 13,237 yellow taxis) in New York City and the vast majority of hybrid restricted medallion taxicabs. The Taxis For All Campaign includes New York City's major disability rights and service organizations, including Disabled In Action, United Spinal Association, Disability Network of New York City, 504 Democratic Club, the local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the city's Centers for Independent Living.
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