From New York Daily News
By Ken Lovett
The Taxis For All Campaign has written a last-minute letter to Governor Cuomo uring him to veto the controversial livery bill unless it has strict requirements that livery cabs be handicapped accessible.
Prentis thanked Cuomo for making the issue a priority in the negotiations to amend the bill. She wrote that City Hall to date has been
Bloomberg aides have said not only have they agreed to changes that would require 2,000 new yellow cab medallions to all require handicapped accessible vehicles, but 2,000 of the 17,000 permits granted for livery cabs to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan would also have to be for accessible vehicles.
But Prentiss echoed Cuomo's sentiments during a recent taxi summit that the 2,000 permits won't likely sell
From New York Post
By KATHIANNE BONIELLO
A taxi medallion leasing organization insists that the city's one and only choice of vehicles for the future — the $29,000 Nissan NV2000 — won't stand up to the wear and tear of what it describes as
The city chose the minivan to be the five boroughs' only yellow cab as of 2013 — under a 10-year, $1 billion contract with the manufacturer. Any medallion owner would be required to purchase one.
But the Queens-based Committee for Taxi Safety claims the NV200
The new taxis will feature built-in GPS, greater rider room and 25 miles-a-gallon fuel efficiency.
From WNYC News Blog
November 23, 2011
Attorneys for the disabled faced off against attorneys for the city in a court hearing on Tuesday over the lack of wheelchair-accessible cabs.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs, as well as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, argued that the city is in violation of the law — the Americans with Disabilities Act — since it runs a public transportation system, yet only 2 percent of cabs in the city can accommodate people in wheelchairs.
Simi Linton of Manhattan was one of a dozen disabled New Yorkers attending the hearing.
The city contends it's not violating the law because it doesn't operate the cabs themselves, drivers do.
But Federal Judge George Daniels repeatedly challenged the city's attorney, Robin Binder, about whether New York City is responsible to do more, and if it is what it plans to do in regards to providing
The Taxi and Limousine Commission has said it's currently developing a system where disabled riders can order a wheel-chair accessible cab from a dispatcher. It should be operational by next spring.
One of the plaintiffs, Christopher Noel, said that plan doesn't cut it.
Judge Daniels said he'll rule on the case by Christmas.
Before he concluded the hearing, Daniels warned the city that if he determines the city has an obligation to do more for accessible passengers, then it will have to be armed with remedies immediately, not in the future.
Plaintiffs in the case are asking that as taxis are retired over the next 3-5 years, all new cabs be accessible models. The Nissan NV 200, the model chosen by the city to be the
Industry opponents argue requiring 100 percent accessibility isn't feasible and is too expensive.
First, thanks to all who attended the hearing. The courtroom was fairly crowded with TFAC members, reporters, city council staff, TLC staff and taxi and livery representatives.
Judge Daniels treated our attorney, Sid Wolinsky of Disability Rights Advocates, well compared to the
The Judge had difficulty accepting the City's position that basically the TLC was free to discriminate against wheelchair using passengers, at least as far as the ADA is concerned, and some difficulty accepting the U.S. Attorney's position, perhaps because he was afraid that his ruling might mean that all taxis in all cities had to be accessible since most are licensed by a local governmental entity. There was quite a bit of discussion about the difference between New York City's TLC and all other regulators. The Judge stated that he will rule before Christmas therefore we might have a merry one.
James Weisman, SVP and General Counsel