United Spinal Association is urging enforcement of the long overdue Washington DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) regulations implementing an increase in accessible taxis required in the DC Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2012.
Delays on enforcing these regulations continue even for the limited number of accessible vehicles required.
The DCTC announced in a press release on Thursday, 2/12/14 that they will give taxi companies an additional six months to put into place requirements for which they have had years to prepare.
“I urge the DCTC to strongly enforce the requirement to provide wheelchair-accessible taxi service,” said Carol Tyson, Senior Policy Associate for United Spinal Association.
“Allowing an additional 6 months sends the message to the District’s residents, workers and visitors with disabilities that their access to all modes of transportation is not a priority,” Tyson added.
“This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. United Spinal calls on the DCTC, Mayor Bowser, and the DC Council to do all it can to incentivize and ensure access to transportation for all in the District,” said Tyson.
United Spinal has also urged the DCTC to ensure that all for-hire vehicle drivers receive disability etiquette training and those driving accessible vehicles also receive training on how to operate equipment and provide safe and courteous service.