Wheelchair Friendly Taxi Rolled Out In Manhattan Today

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Large enough for two wheelchairs and several passengers, the MV-1 got a big thumbs up from Ronnie Ramond with the Taxis For All Campaign.

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“You can imagine three six-foot-five basketball players sitting in the backseat and being comfortable,” she said. “To me, it feels like a little tank. I mean it feels that sturdy and that, you know, smooth.”

The taxi vehicle was put on display and given the test by several wheelchair users near Madison Square Park on Tuesday.

The SUV has already been approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Commissioner David Yassky says it’s designed specifically for the handicapped.

“The cars that are on the road now, they’re retrofitted, means they’re sliced down the middle and that means they don’t perform very well. They need a lot of maintenance,” he said.

After decades of being left at the curb, Raymond is hopeful.

“It’s a real vehicle that’s coming out of the factories and can be bought and can be on the streets,” Raymond said.

The city has been ordered by a judge to improve access for the disabled and has agreed that 2,000 new yellow cab medallions will be sold only for wheelchair accessible cabs.

The manufacturer, Vehicle Production Group, hopes to have several thousand of these on the street by year’s end.

What do you think of the MV-1? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Alisha

    We need more of these all over the U.S.!

  • richi maldano

    wake up mr.bloomberg and mr. yasky this gas gusler has a v8 engine….r we going green or what ? can u guys ask for hybrid engine ? from ford or toyota ……

    • Steven Schneir

      FYI, the MV-1 can be ordered factory direct with an environmentally friendly, domestically sourced CNG engine. CNG is currently priced at $2.59 per gallon and is 99% emissions particulate free. Hybrids still run on mid-east sourced, expensive and highly polluting gasoline.

      I can be contacted directly to discuss any questions at ss@manhattanmotorcars.com. Best Regards,

      Steven Schneir, General Manager, MV-1 of Greater New York City.

  • Jim Demeloitz

    As a disabled former New Yorker I think this is a long overdue improvement in transportation for the city. Even with several thousand of these on the street by year’s end, how long will it take for them to be a common site in Queens or Brooklyn?

  • Vernita Worrell

    All I want to say is Yaaaaaaaaa!!!!

  • Ann Mason

    Let’s hope there are good policies for operating these cabs, and those policies are carried out well. If things aren’t handled right, they won’t be useful to very many people.

  • adam j, mack

    ”Wheelchair Friendly Taxi launch today in new york.”

  • bullett

    The manufacturer, Vehicle Production Group, hopes to have several thousand of these on the street by year’s end.
    I smell counter lawsuit coming. Competition is needed for the supply and manufacturing of handi-cap vehicles for taxi use. Not just one company

  • Metal Mike

    We need more motorcycle-friendly taxi cabs.

  • Mickandv

    Glad I will now be able to see more of the City than what is located within wheelchair rolling distance of Grand Central Station.

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