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New York Considers Wheelchair Accessibility Requirements for Ride-Hailing Companies

Accessibility remains a hot-button issue for transportation network companies, and the city of New York is now moving forward with a proposal that would not intact the chosen policies if companies like Uber were deciding.
July 11, 2017, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"New York City may require Uber to provide more service to people with disabilities," reports Dana Rubinstein. That is, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission "is proposing a rule that would require all 'for-hire vehicle' companies to dispatch a quarter of all trips in wheelchair-accessible vehicles by 2021."

Rubinstein provides insight into the political debate on either side of the controversial issue. Uber, for instance, has advocated for city-funded incentives for drivers to provide wheelchair-accessible service, as detailed in an April article by Rubinstein.

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Published on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Politico New York
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