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Does Lack Of Wheelchair Access In NYC Taxis Violate Americans With Disabilities Act?

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A disabled man protests lack of taxi access for the disabled - May 24, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

A disabled man protests lack of taxi access for the disabled – May 24, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. attorney in Manhattan is investigating whether the lack of New York City taxis with wheelchair access violates a section of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The New York Times reports that the investigation was revealed on Monday in letters mailed to city lawyers and owners of taxi medallions. The paper says it could result in the government bringing a civil case against the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The city doesn’t require taxi owners to provide wheelchair access. But it has said it does issue medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis and that taxi officials plan a program whereby the disabled could arrange cab rides by telephone.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment on Monday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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