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The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announced on Friday January 20th, that it is seeking to amend local taxi regulations to accomodate people with disabilities. If passed, the regulation would require that 300 of Philadelphia's taxis be wheelchair-accessible by the end of 2012, and 100% of taxis accessible by 2016. Currently, only three taxis in the city are disability accessible.

The regulation would select 300 of Philadelphia's medallion taxis through a lottery system. At which point, the 300 selected could only be attatched to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Also, 20 percent of the non-medallion fleet would need to be disability accessible by this year's end.

PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty believes voluntary taxicab owner requests to make cabs more accessible have failed. According to Fenerty, "attempts over the past several years to encourage taxicab owners to voluntarily provide accessible taxicab service have resulted in only 3 active wheelchair accessible taxicabs in all of Philadelphia."

"We can no longer wait for taxi companies to voluntarily step up and address the needs of our disabled individuals. We must address the needs for accessible taxicab service in Philadelphia now," Fenerty said.

Before the regulation passes, it must be reviewed and approved by the Commonwealth of Pennslyvania.

Philadelphia's taxi companies are expected to strongly oppose these regulations. Those in favor of increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia, are encouraged to submit a short public comment via email to Charles Milstein, Esq. at the PPA (cmilstein@philapark.orgby February 3, 2011. A public hearing will be held on the issue at the PPA's Taxicab and Limousine Division Headquarters at 2415 Swanson Street on February 15 at 10:00 a.m. More info on the PPA's announcement and proposed regulations can be found through the following links:

http://philapark.org/2012/01/wheelchair-accessible-cabs/

http://philapark.org/taxis-limousines/

http://philapark.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Wheelchair-Taxicab-Reg-300-120106-.pdf

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