Thursday, May 26, 2011
By: Tina Redwine, NY1 reporter
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Advocates for the disabled won a decisive round on Tuesday in court against the city, when a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the Taxi and Limousine Commission to make all city taxi cabs wheelchair accessible. NY1's Transit reporter Tina Redwine filed the following report.
Advocates for the disabled were rejoicing Tuesday after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the Taxi and Limousine Commission to make all taxi cabs wheelchair accessible.
Three groups, including Disabled In Action, are behind the suit.
The city points out that no federal or local law requires accessible cabs. In fact, city lawyers say the Americans with Disabilities Act specifically exempts taxicabs from the requirement.
The judge said given that less than 2 percent of medallions are issued to accessible cabs, there are grounds to take the discrimination suit to trial.
Plaintiffs say with the city pushing ahead with its so-called
City lawyers say that is not the case, as there is a version of the new taxi that will take a wheelchair, although owners will not be forced to buy it.
The city also says the TLC is developing a dispatch program for the disabled to call for an accessible cab.
Still, advocates say that is not enough.
Both sides are due back in court on August 10.
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