There are only 231 accessible taxis in New York City. The appeals court ruled on Thursday that, in a city where there are over 13 000 taxis, this is okay, as long as a person with who wants to drive a cab isn't discriminated against on the basis on disability. The appeals court ruling overturns an earlier ruling by Judge George Daniels saying that the low number of accessible taxis in New York City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Michael Bloomberg Says There's No Need For More Accessible Taxis in New York City, So It Must Be True
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pleased with the appeals court ruling. In a quote in the Huffington post, he demonstrates the lack of insight into the needs of New York City citizens and visitors in wheelchairs that's become sadly characteristic of him since this story broke last year: ""This ruling is consistent with common sense and the practical needs of both the taxi industry and the disabled, and we will continue our efforts to assist disabled riders,"
Here's the comment that I left on the Huffington Post story last night (with the punctuation errors corrected; it was late):
"If Bloomberg is content with knowing with knowing that by limiting access to convenient, reliable transportation for people with physical disabilities in his city, he also limits their access to employment and volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities to put their money back into the city's economy, I guess there's no talking him out of it. Lord knows people have tried.
I hope he's also considered that tourists to New York with disabilities are also affected by how difficult it is to get a cab. If I were planning a leisure trip to an American city and I was still using a wheelchair, or with someone in a wheelchair, this news would definitely make me consider going elsewhere.
What else are the people of New York with physical disabilities to take from this except that their mayor doesn't care about their transportation needs or value the contribution that they make to city life?
Congrats on spitting in your constituents' faces, Mr. Bloomberg."
More information on the new ruling on accessible taxis in New York City:
Other posts that I've made about accessible taxis in New York City: