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The Taxi and Limosine Commission approved the "Taxi of Tommorrow" by a vote of 5-2 this morning despite concerns that the cabs are not wheelchair accessible.
â€śThe failure to make the entire fleet wheelchair-accessible is a wrong-headed decision that should concern all New Yorkers, not just the current 60,000 wheelchair-users in our City," said Comptroller John Liu in a statement. "People can become disabled at any point in their life. Perhaps if the Mayor required the use of a wheelchair he would see this issue differently.â€ť
Nissan won the 10-year contract in 2011 to provide the city with cabs starting next year. Officials say there are over 200 wheelchair accessible taxis on the road and expect to add 2,000 more, but it is unclear when they will be available.
Photo of Comptroller John C. Liu by CityYear
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette