This article focuses on the difficulty of persons with disabilities, more specifically wheelchair users have when they want to order a cab. Usually, if a wheelchair user wants to travel they have to call Wheel-Trans or have to book an accessible cab in advance. This can prove to not only be time-consuming but costly as well.
Just over a year ago, Toronto councilors promised that all the taxis would be accessible and you would not have to wait to get a ride. Now council might undo the changes they promised not that long ago. This has angered many residents, “I feel flustered that we’re going to be back at step one. We can’t allow it to happen”, said Toronto resident Blair Williams. There is going to be an overhaul of the taxi industry and as a result, they are going to phase in more accessible taxis. There has been a six percent increase in the number of accessible taxis, but residents still find it difficult to get an accessible taxi in a timely fashion. There are many plans in place to make it easier for Torontonians but unfortunately, this will take time.
It is encouraging that council is looking for every possible way to make all taxis inclusive to all residents and visitors. Having said that I know that this will take time. As hard as it is, we need to be patient. Having more accessible taxis means Torontonians won’t miss out on things going on around them. Being able to get a taxi on demand will allow residents to go out and enjoy life. They won’t have to worry about getting Wheel-Trans or ordering an accessible cab ahead of time. This will allow them to feel more in control of their lives.
You can take action by contacting your city councillors to let them know it would be a detriment to residents if there would be less accessible taxis on the road.
You can read the Toronto Star article regarding this here.