City Taxis Violate Disabilities Act: US Attorney

Yellow cab owners aren't required to buy wheel-chair-accessible vehicles

Friday, Oct 14, 2011  |  Updated 7:43 AM EDT
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Yellow cab owners aren't required to buy wheel-chair-accessible vehicles.

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The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan says the lack of wheel-chair-accessible taxis in New York City violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

It urged a federal judge to force the city to address the problem quickly.     

The New York Times says the office issued the remarks in support of a lawsuit filed against the city by disability rights groups.     

Yellow cab owners aren't required to buy wheel-chair-accessible vehicles.

Only 232 of the city's 13,000 taxis can accommodate wheelchairs.     

The city recently selected a Nissan minivan with no wheel-chair access to replace its entire fleet over the next 10 years.     

The Taxi & Limousine Commission David Yassky said the lawsuit is misguided. He said a dispatch system will provide service for all New Yorkers with disabilities in about six months.

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