City Taxis Violate Disabilities Act: US Attorney

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

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    New York Taxi Workers Alliance
    Yellow cab owners aren't required to buy wheel-chair-accessible vehicles.

    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.