United Spinal Association Calls for Implementation of Accessible Taxi Laws in DC: Delays Continue Even for the Limited Number of Accessible Vehicles Required

Feb 13, 2015, 09:15 ET from United Spinal Association

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association today urged enforcement of the long overdue Washington DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) regulations implementing an increase in accessible taxis required in the DC Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2012.

The DCTC announced in a press release yesterday on Thursday, 2/12/14 that they will give taxi companies an additional six months to put into place requirements for which they have had years to prepare. 

"I urge the DCTC to strongly enforce the requirement to provide wheelchair-accessible taxi service," said Carol Tyson, Senior Policy Associate for United Spinal Association.

"Allowing an additional 6 months sends the message to the District's residents, workers and visitors with disabilities that their access to all modes of transportation is not a priority," Tyson added.

"This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. United Spinal calls on the DCTC, Mayor Bowser, and the DC Council to do all it can to incentivize and ensure access to transportation for all in the District," said Tyson.

United Spinal has also urged the DCTC to ensure that all for-hire vehicle drivers receive disability etiquette training and those driving accessible vehicles also receive training on how to operate equipment and provide safe and courteous service.

About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

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