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Cab Call for All

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2014

A major lawsuit filed against New York City in 2011 has finally reached a settlement. The deal from that settlement, however, may now be on hold.

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The lawsuit claimed the city was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, having only about 200 wheelchair accessible cabs out of 13,000 total taxis.

The city of New York agreed to adopt a new regulation, which requires half of all new yellow cabs put into service each year to be disability accessible until half of the entire fleet is accessible, within six years.

With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on his way out of office for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to take over, taxi and industry representatives question how the details of the settlement will be carried out.

“We are reviewing the settlement, and remain committed to a more accessible taxi fleet,” Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for de Blasio tells the New York Times.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has until March 31 to meet the terms of the agreement, after which the plaintiffs can reopen the case. 

“If that regulation doesn’t pass, we’ll be back in court in, as they say, a New York minute,” Sid Wolinsky, director of litigation for Disability Rights Advocates tells the Times.

The regulation, if adopted, will be the first comprehensive settlement in the country to address system-wide wheelchair access to taxis, according to Julia Pinover, a lawyer for the Disability Rights Advocates.

For more information, visit dralegal.org.

 

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