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October 20, 2011

Taxis Not Accessible in NYC

Several activist organizations filed a lawsuit against New York City claiming their taxis aren’t accessible enough.  The city has found it difficult to accommodate taxi riders who use a wheelchair as a mobility device.  232 of the city’s 13,000 taxis are accessible.

The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan agreed with the lawsuit.  They claimed not having accessible taxis went against the Americans With Disabilities Act.  They also asked a federal judge to decide on this matter quickly.

“Defendants should not be allowed to continue to violate the A.D.A. for an indeterminate amount of time,” the prosecutor’s office wrote.

The case is expected to be ruled on in November.  The city recently brought a Nissan minivan to replace the accessible taxis over the next 10 years.  Activists were unhappy with the purchase prompting unsympathetic comments. 

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