NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing back against federal efforts to make more New York City taxis able to handle the needs of the handicapped.

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“If we were to insist on all cabs being wheelchair accessible, they sell for about $15,000 more,” said Bloomberg. “Their suspension is much worse. So, the average person riding in them finds them really uncomfortable.”

Bloomberg also said that they use a lot more gas.

In addition, Bloomberg commented on the practicality of disabled people getting cabs.

“If you’re in a wheelchair, it’s really hard to go out in the street and hail down a cab and get the cab to pull over and get into it,” said Bloomberg.

His Honor said a better answer is for those using wheelchairs to be able to make a phone call to have a specially equipped taxi dispatched.

The U.S. Attorney says that when it comes to taxis, the city is not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes the same might apply to livery cabs.

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Comments (5)
  1. Anita Gerami says:

    Handicap people pay taxes,and are business people too. We need to be able to have cabs available at all times just like everybody else.Did you ever try calling private whhel chahair buse companies? They are unreliable ,dangerous and are never easy to get.Shame on anybody who denies the disabled public the rights of healthy people

  2. Alec James says:

    I agree with the Dictator. Let those people riding around in wheelchairs get around on their own. They’re a nuisance and take up space. Maybe a few of them will get bumped off by a taxi. (Sarcasm intended.)

  3. Ken says:

    Why does the mayor think it’s hard for a person in a wheelchair to hail a cab? Just like a person who stands in the street, a wheelchair user can wave their hand and whistle.

    There is no intrinsic reason why the suspension of a wheelchair-accessible cab should be worse, let alone “much worse”, than a non-accessible cab. If it is, that’s just because the manufacturer is skimping to cut costs.

  4. Stever says:

    The handicap industry is out of control. These people get free access-a-rides, right? Enough is enough.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Not free. Generally the same as a bus or train fair (is that $2.25 now?)

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