(I) A proposed timeline and plan, including an analysis of the feasibility, costs,and benefits, for requiring all new taxicabs to be wheelchair accessible when replacing old
taxicabs that are removed from service.”
Explanation and Rationale
This section would add the Office of Human Rights to the Disabled Taxicab AdvisoryCommittee in place of the Department of Disability Services as OHR investigates claimsof taxi discrimination, unlike DDS, which is not very involved with disabled taxi issues.
It updates language to include culturally sensitive words to describe the demand foraccessible taxicab services.
It directs the Disabled Taxicab Advisory Committee to examine how the number of accessible taxicabs could be increased by requiring that new taxicabs entering service beaccessible.2. Sec. 20h (c) (Page 30) is amended as follows:(a) Subparagraph (c)(1) is amended as follows:(1) Strike
the phrase “or association”
(2) Strike the phrase “fleet shall dedicate a substantial percentage of its fleet to
” and insert the phrase “fleet as of July 1, 2012, or anytime thereafter shall
dedicate a portion of its taxi fleet
” in its place.
(b) Subparagraph (c)(1)(A) is amended to read as follows:
“(A) At least
6% of each taxi fleet shall be wheelchair-accessible by December31, 2014
(c) New subparagraphs (c)(1)(A-1) and (A-2) are added to read as follows:
-1) At least 12% of each taxi fleet shall be wheelchair-accessible by December31, 2016.
-2) At least 20% of each taxi fleet shall be wheelchair-accessible by December
(d) Subparagraph (c)(1)(B) is amended by striking the phrase
“demand” and inserting the phrase “need” in its place.
(e) Subparagraph (c)(3) is amended to read as follows:
With the Disability Taxicab Advisory Committee and the Chief Financial Officer, theCommission shall develop a program to provide grants, loans, or other types of financialassistance and incentives to applicants and owners of licensed taxicabs to offset the cost of buying, retrofitting, maintaining, and operating a vehicle for use as a wheelchair-accessibletaxicab.
Explanation and Rationale
This section would clarify the requirement for taxicab fleets to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles applies only to fleets owned by companies, not taxicabsowned by individual drivers, even if they are associated with a company.
It establishes a timeline for taxi fleets to reach the 20% wheelchair accessiblerequirement and sets interim goals.
It directs the Commission to develop a program to provide grants, loans, or other types of financial assistance and incentives to offset the cost of purchasing and operatingwheelchair accessible taxicabs.