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Petitioning New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and 3 others

Ask New York State to Mandate and Subsidize Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs

 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.                       


Letter to
New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio
State Senator Jeffrey Klein
State Representative Michael Benedetto
and 1 other
Governor Andrew Cuomo
When most people are in a fix, they can call a taxi and easily be on their way to where they need to be. People with disabilities are not so fortunate.

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.