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Appeals Court OKs City's Taxi Medallion Plan

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New York City yellow taxi, cab, SUV taxi (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York City has received a green light from a federal appeals court to proceed with a plan to sell 2,000 new yellow taxi medallions despite a pending challenge from advocates for the disabled.

A lower court previously had ruled that taxis are not in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

A U.S. district court had ordered the Taxi & Limousine Commission to produce a comprehensive plan detailing how its existing regulations adhered with the ADA before it could issue the medallions.

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the district court ruling on Wednesday.

The TLC said the 2,000 new yellow cabs will all be wheelchair accessible, as will 20 percent of the new hail borough livery cabs.

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The bottom line is, can disabled passengers actually use the vehicles? This article doesn't say whether the legal dispute is over a technicality or if there's really going to be a problem for some passengers.

Many people don't give much thought to access for individuals who have mobility problems or other disabilities, such as blindness. That's only because we haven't lived long enough to develop those conditions ourselves. The minute we have a stroke, joint trouble or something else which makes it more difficult to get around, we'll be more sensitive to the issue. Then we'll understand how frustrating and hurtful it is when others talk about how "ya gotta be independent to live in this world, and get outta my way."

Mar. 22 2012 03:39 PM
San Jose Limo from san jose california

taxi and Limousine are great its always ow-some and affordable for peoples your post will be very beneficial for peoples

Mar. 22 2012 12:01 PM

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