Judge Rules New York City's Taxis Must Comply with Disabilities Act
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
The Bloomberg administration must now present an extensive report to the judge that describes a plan for expanding the availability of wheelchair-accessible taxis, which make up less than 2 percent of the city's fleet of 13,000 yellow cabs.
Federal Judge George B. Daniels of United States District Court in Manhattan has demanded that the Bloomberg administration to provide a detailed report to bring the city's taxi fleet in compliance with The American with Disabilities Act. Part of the interim ruling will halt sales of taxi medallions until an accessibility plan is proposed. This is clearly a victory for the many disabled people who find it difficult to find a taxis with accommodations. Our firm is very familiar with the injuries and disabilities that our clients have, and we commend the court for shaping a reasonable resolution to taxi accessibility.