TLC Sued Over Lack of Wheelchair Access

A group of disability advocates is suing the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission for more wheelchair accessible taxis.

“Before I became disabled I was able to use taxis all the time, now I can’t even get one to stop me for me,” said plaintiff Chris Noel, who serves as co-chair of the Taxis for All Campaign.  Noel works in marketing and says that using taxis is an essential aspect of what he does.  “In marketing you need to be on time no matter what — you need to be early, so cabs are the best way to get around.  I still pay taxes, but now can’t get a taxi.”

A TLC spokesman claims that while the city has made great strides in accessibility, taxi cabs are exempt from federal requirements.   The city was also criticized earlier this year when the three finalists for the Taxi of Tomorrow competition were announced; only one of the three finalists is accessible for people in wheelchairs.