Last week Judge George Daniels of the Southern District of New York found that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because of its failure to have enough wheelchair accessible taxis. Specifically, the Court found it unacceptable that only 232 of the over 13,000 taxis operating in New York City were so equipped. As a remedy, Judge Daniels enjoined the TLC from issuing new medallions to any taxi or livery cab unless the vehicle is wheelchair accessible. This ruling nullifies a deal that the TLC had recently struck with the State, in which the City had agreed that 20% of the first 6,000 street-hail livery licenses sold next year would be for wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Under this new ruling, no non-wheelchair accessible taxis will be issued medallions until the City is able to develop a long-term plan to provide “meaningful access” to disabled riders.
Thanks to Brian Gibbons for his contribution to this post.