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City Council Considers Legislation Requiring All 'Taxis Of Tomorrow' To Be Wheelchair Accessible

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The City Council is considering legislation that would ensure every old taxicab is replaced with a wheelchair-accessible one.

Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell has introduced a measure requiring that all cabs from the city's so-called 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Nissan fleet are accessible to people with disabilities.

Advocates say just 2 percent of the city's taxi fleet are currently wheelchair accessible, making it nearly impossible for many disabled New Yorkers to hail a cab.

"The Nissan representatives came to see me a few days ago, and they said that if the council passes this bill, they are prepared, even before two years, to have all accessible cabs," Koppell said. "They're ready to do it if we require it. So it's up to us to require it."

Right now, the 'Taxi of Tomorrow' can be modified to make it wheelchair accessible.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said a six-month-old program, Accessible Dispatch, has made it easier for people with disabilities to find taxis.

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