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Wheelchair Friendly Taxi Ready For Street Hails In NYC

The MV-1 handicapped accesible taxi is seen at the Flatiron North Pedestrian Plaza - New York, NY - Jan 10, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

The MV-1 handicapped accesible taxi is seen at the Flatiron North Pedestrian Plaza – New York, NY – Jan 10, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City’s newest cab, the wheelchair friendly MV-1, has officially hit the streets.

According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the MV-1 is the first and only factory-built wheelchair accessible car in the country and is powered by compressed natural gas.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

“It is the most comfortable ride, the most secure feeling the most spacious taxi I think I’ve ever been in,” Ronnie Ramond with the Taxis For All Campaign told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

The so-called “taxi of today” was introduced back in January, but has only been available for street hails for the past week.

“Because this is the CNG, it runs on natural gas and saves me a lot of money on gas,” said the cab’s owner and operator Amarjit Singh. “This vehicle is very comfortable for the customer and for me.”

The city has been ordered 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.

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