Accessibility

Seattle ordinance would charge fee to offset accessible taxi costs

Posted on July 14, 2014

Photo by Spmenic via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Spmenic via Wikimedia Commons
SEATTLE — A new city ordinance to finally legalize services such as uberX, Lyft and Sidecar, poised to be approved Monday, would also create a surcharge to help defray the cost of owning and driving a wheelchair accessible taxi, The Seattle Times reported.

RELATED: N.Y. taxi fee to improve wheelchair accessibility approved

The ordinance would generate a 10-cent fee on every ride originating in Seattle with uberX, Lyft, Sidecar, nonwheelchair-accessible taxis and for-hire companies, and pour that money into a fund to help pay the cost of owning and driving a wheelchair-accessible taxi. Annual licensing fees for the accessible vehicles also would be waived, according to the report.

The intent is to make it more attractive to own a wheelchair-accessible taxi and ensure that the vehicles are on the street as much as possible.

For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Program helps families talk driving with seniors, suggest alternatives

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s plan helps families identify signs that older drivers may become unsafe and makes suggestions to help seniors maintain mobility, such as using paratransit services and reduced transit fare programs.

DC Metro moves ahead with plan to use Uber, Lyft for paratransit services

Metro plans to issue an RFP to take over the service in September, with the intent to have the system in place by spring 2017. The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs, where two-thirds of MetroAccess customers live.

N.Y. MTA adds 70 wheelchair accessible MV-1's to paratransit fleet

The city’s Access-A-Ride, which already has nearly 400 MV-1s in service, is a shared-ride, door-to-door service for people unable to use public buses and subways.

Blind Institute of Technology, Uber team for Colorado job access initiative

Thanks to the agreement, a tap of the Uber app will help remove the employment barrier of getting to job interviews for blind and visually impaired BIT candidates in Colorado.

Audit leads to Calif. VTA terminating 23-year paratransit partnership

That same audit also criticized the agency for a lack of oversight over the nonprofit, which failed to supply data supporting its ridership figures during the first audit ever conducted of its $20 million annual contract.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close