Neue NY-Taxis Behinderten unfreundlich !

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  • In New York steht die TLC unter Feuer, weil die neuen Taxen von NISSAB keine Rollstuhlfahrer mit nehmen können.
    Eie Behinderten-Organisation verklagt jetzt die Stadt deswegen!

    City facing double legal woes for wheelchair-unfriendly taxis
    Posted: 27 May 2011 04:50 PM PDT

    On Tuesday, a judge nixed the City’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit to invalidate its selection of the Nissan NV200 – which is not wheelchair accessible — by a leading civil rights group. The group, Disability Rights Advocates, can now proceed in its legal effort to stop the city from ordering a custom-created vehicle that cannot accommodate people in wheelchairs.
    “It’s an issue that’s not being solved politically, so I’m thrilled that we have the avenue to address it in courts,” said Julia Pinover, supervising staff attorney for DRA New York City.
    “We are confident that we will prevail once the full merits are heard,” countered Connie Pankratz, deputy communications director for the NYC Law Dept.
    The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels in Manhattan came a day after taxi medallion owners began receiving letters from the Department of Justice, indicating that a federal investigation was underway as to whether the city is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney, which deals with DOJ complaints locally, said it is office policy not to discuss, or even confirm, investigations, but Gabriel Taussig, chief of New York City’s Administrative Law Division, acknowledged the probe while expressing confidence that the feds would “reach the same conclusions that we did.”
    The federal investigation was triggered by a March 29 complaint sent by Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, D., Manhattan, to the U.S. Department of Justice. He fired off another blistering missive to the U.S. Attorney this week, alleging, among other things:
    * That allowing able-bodied citizens to hail one of 13,237 cabs via a “demand responsive” system while requiring the city’s 60,000 wheelchair-bound citizens to summon one of only 232 accessible cabs via a dispatch service constitutes “a completely separate and unequal transportation system.”
    * That wheelchair users have to wait an average of 34 minutes for cabs after calling for one, whereas it took a person in the street 5.4 minutes to hail a cab in midtown in one 2001 study. Waiting seven times longer “proves that this system does not meet the equivalent response time” requirements in the ADA, said Kellner.
    * That it is not clear if the city’s plan “is even viable” due to user fees the TLC plans to impose on medallion owners to support the dispatch service.
    Pankratz countered that even though the ADA “specifically exempts taxicabs” from any requirement that they be accessible to people with wheelchairs , the TLC is developing a program that constitutes “equivalent service.”
    Advocates have said the ADA exemption for taxicabs is intended to apply only to cities where everyone uses dispatch services for cabs.
    A TLC spokesman previously told amNY that a Nissan NV200 version that is wheelchair accessible would add $14,000 to the $29,000 vehicle. But Pinover said yesterday that the city has enough leverage, given the size of its order, to have the cars modified for as little as an additional $3,000.
    While 1.8% of today’s fleet is wheelchair accessible (medallions for accessible cars cost less) the owners of conventional vehicles can volitionally decide to “hack up” their cars to make them accessible. “Out of the whole 13,000, only one person has chosen to do that,” said Pinover.
    Pinover said “it would not be prudent” to proceed with the Nissan contract, given the Department of Justice investigation and her group’s pending litigation. Pankratz said the city is free to “continue with the process.”

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  • Und hier kommt es ja nun richtig dick!
    Die TLC behauptet, sie wären nicht zuständig dafür, ob Taxi behindertenfreundlich seie oder nicht!
    Und DAS in den USA, wo dort die Menschen in aller Regel ziemlich neuralgisch auf so etwas reagieren!

    Handicapped? Want a Taxi? City Says Try Walking
    Posted: 24 Nov 2011 11:49 AM PST

    When NYC’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ – a Nissan NV200 – was first unveiled to the public last month, one of the glaring omissions was the lack of wheelchair access. Not surprisingly this prompted several disability rights groups to bring a lawsuit against the city, stating that the design violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Slightly more surprising was the U.S. Attorneys office come out in supporting of them.
    DNAinfo reported on how the whole argument took a curious turn yesterday in the hearing at Manhattan Federal Court. Lawyers representing the city revealed their somewhat extraordinary argument, that the city has no obligation to make any taxi cab in New York accessible to wheelchair users.
    Seeking clarity on this issue Judge George B. Daniels asked Robin Binder to confirm her stance, that if she believed “it would be perfectly legal if there was not a single accessible taxi cab in New York City?” before adding, “You understand how extreme that sounds?” To the wonder of the Court Room Ms. Binder responded, “We don’t believe we have the obligation”.
    The city’s belief is that the TLC’s role is limited to dealing with regulating taxi operators and not with passengers. Sid Wolinsky, representing the plaintiffs, stated that it was “quite a stupid decision, from a public policy point of view”.
    Currently there are just 232 wheelchair accessible cabs, in the city and with the mandatory move to the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow” for cabs acquired after 2013, that number would potentially become zero. “Taxi of Tomorrow” contract with Nissan is for 10 years.
    At the launch last month Joe Castelli, Vice President of Commercial Vehicles and Fleet for Nissan, told The Observer “This vehicle is ready for a wheelchair accessible up-fit… So, we can make this vehicle that way, but it will come with a cost and it will really be up to the city if that’s something they want to do.”Although the city is working on a new system where the handicapped can call for special cabs, the Attorney’s office are adamant that ADA should not be violated “for an indeterminate amount of time.” Even if Mayor Bloomberg sees it differently, in an interview with WOR radio last month he brazenly said “You just can’t take a wheelchair out into the street and try and hail a cab. It is dangerous and a lot of drivers just ignore them.” He must think he’s some sort of tough-talkin’ New Yorker.
    Judge Daniels is expected to make a ruling before Christmas, and the handicapped are hoping she won’t be their grinch.

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  • Aus diesen Problemen hat man jetzt offenbar die Konsequenzen gezogen!

    Ab jetzt muß jeder Fahrgast 30 Cent Aufschlag pro Fahrt zahlen.
    Von diesem Geld werden behindertenfreundliche Wagen angeschafft!

    Ich frage mich ja schon seit vielen Jahren, warum zB in London NUR Autos zugelaasen werden, die jederzeit und ohne Probleme mit einem Rollstuhl befahren werden können!
    WARUM geht das eigentlich in anderen Orten nicht?

    Yellow Cab NYC
    Taxi-Fare Surcharge Approved
    Posted: 30 Apr 2014 01:58 PM PDT

    Advocates for the disabled hail Wednesday’s TLC vote. – JENNIFER FERMINO/NY DAILY NEWS

    A 30-cent surcharge will be applied to every New York City cab fare, officials said Wednesday, in order to fund upgrades that will make half of the taxi fleet wheel-chair accessible.

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved the surcharge to the sound of cheering and applause from a packed hearing room in lower Manhattan.

    Starting in January 2015, the surcharge will be applied to all fares and put into a fund dedicated to overhauling 7,500 yellow and green cabs so that they are wheelchair accessible by 2020.

    There are almost 14,000 taxis across the city and fewer than 700 are currently wheelchair accessible. There are an estimated 90,000 wheelchair users across New York, according to the Mayor’s Office for People with a Disability.

    “The complexities of this issue have paralyzed the agency for years,” commission Chairwoman Meera Joshi said.

    “Today we move beyond arguing over the mechanics of how, and are taking action towards the greater goal, equalizing access for our iconic taxi system,” she said.

    At a public hearing before the vote, speakers—some in wheelchairs—described hardships and inconvenience brought on by having few accessible cabs in the city.

    Several described missing important events, such as hospital visits. Many said they have been stuck for hours trying to hail a wheelchair accessible cab from the street.

    “I want to have a life that is meaningful, affordable and achievable,” said Ronnie Ellen Raymond, who has campaigned for increasing the number of accessible cabs.

    “It is now time and within your authority to make this happen. Please help thousands of people like me,” she said, fighting back tears.

    Jean Ryan said living a normal life was not possible under the present circumstances.

    “We can’t get to funerals, we can’t get to wakes,” Ms. Ryan said. “My husband has had to go to the emergency room and I haven’t been able to go with him,” she said, adding that ambulances cannot accommodate her wheelchair.

    Earlier, the Commission heard from Public Advocate Letitia James, who said the decision would make the city a national leader on the issue.

    “I applaud the TLC for the important progress we are making today,” Ms. James said.

    Starting in 2017, the program will undergo an annual review, examining whether it is meeting its objectives and if the surcharge should be raised or lowered.

    The conversion and modification of existing taxis will start in 2016, officials said.

    The 30-cent surcharge will be divided up. Twenty-five cents will go into a fund paying for the upgrades and the remaining five cents will be paid out to drivers from the same fund to cover fuel costs and additional training.

    A number of speakers raised objections to the program’s implementation, including associations representing the drivers and taxi owners.

    Ethan Gerber of the Greater New York Taxi Association said the idea was hastily put together and impractical.

    The fund itself, he said, would be a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

    “Keeping track of the funds… Is going to create many issues,” Mr. Gerber said. “A simpler solution would be to raise the fare and dedicate a portion to the driver.”

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