Ask New York State to Mandate and Subsidize Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs
  • Petitioned Bill De Blasio

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New York City Public Advocate
Bill De Blasio
New York-034
State Sen. Jeffrey Klein
New York-082
State Rep. Michael Benedetto
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Ask New York State to Mandate and Subsidize Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs

    1. Brittany Correa
    2. Petition by

      Brittany Correa

      Bronx, NY

 In New York City, the “Taxi of Tomorrow” Competition was held in order to determine which automotive company would garner a contract to be the exclusive manufacturer of New York City’s yellow cabs. Nissan’s NV 200 model won the competition. A wheelchair accessible version of the model is available, but it is not a standard feature.  Taxicab drivers would have pay for the upgrade out of their own pockets. Taxi drivers already feel like they are not paid enough to do their jobs; they most likely won’t make their vehicles accessible of their own volition. 

 Paratransit services don’t move between counties, which can be a hindrance during long-distance trips. Also, In New York City, the cost of extending this service to constituents amounts to fifty dollars a ride.  Ambulettes can help, but enlisting their services on a round-trip basis has an average cost of five hundred dollars, which is only covered by insurance if the reason for the trip is of a medical nature.  Many members of the disabled community also have trouble accessing public transportation. 
   People with disabilities should not have to be inhibited simply because of who they are. In the twenty first century, life is speeding up exponentially. A great many technological advances have come into being in just the past thirty years.  The fast pace of the modern world demands consistent motility from everyone. Please mandate and subsidize wheelchair accessible taxicabs so that they can be afforded the same level of safety and freedom as their peers.  Thank you for your time.                       


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      Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

      These news stories show us that the goal to mandate acessible taxis is being given a voice. Furthermore, it gives us impetus to fight harder.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! We've hit ninety! I know that we can make it to one hundred!

    4. Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! We've hit ninety! I know that we can make it to one hundred!

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with every friend and disability rights group that you can think of! Thanks again!

    7. Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

    8. Brittany Correa
      Petition Organizer

      The City of London already has a fully accessible fleet. That news makes this petition even more important.

    9. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Lucy Edling PLANO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I have family members young and old who need to use wheelchairs for mobility. Accessible public transportation is vital to their financial independence and quality of life. Being able to use taxis is indispensible in a large city.

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    • Derrick Jergins PLANO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Multiple friends with disabilities and relatives in New York states

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    • Eric Edling PLANO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone should have the right to equal transportation. There can be no compromises when it comes to equality.

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    • adam freise CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      My friend cannot enter the NYC post office to pay his taxes because he is in a wheelchair. This is one of many inaccessible obstacles for him in the city, cabs don't need to be another.

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    • Anita Hamilton BUDERIM, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need to take responsibility for making our communities accessible for everyone in our society.

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