Push for Cab Access Grows

The Justice Department said Thursday that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has failed to provide fair service to the disabled, and until it does, every new yellow cab in the city should be wheelchair accessible.

In a 23-page court filing, the federal government sided with four disabled-rights groups, including United Spinal Association, that filed a lawsuit in January. Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Kuehler said the Taxi and Limousine Commission must have “equivalent service” for disabled people—meaning all new cabs in the fleet are wheelchair accessible.

“The TLC must require that all new vehicles purchased or leased for use as taxicabs…are ‘readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs’,” Ms. Kuehler wrote.

Read more of The Wall Street Journal article here.

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