Taxi’s in New York City – Sufficiently Wheelchair Accessible?

On Friday, District Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York ruled that New York City’s taxi fleet, as it currently stands, is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The reason? Only 2 percent of the taxi fleet in New York City is currently wheelchair accessible.

The consequences for Mayor Bloomberg are largely financial, and will have an impact on the city’s budget until the taxi fleet meets the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city will not only be able to only issue permits for livery cabs with wheelchair accessibility, but will also be inhibited from auctioning more than 400 new yellow cab medallions, which revenue has already been factored in to the 2012 City budget.

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