The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) which regulates Chicago taxi companies recently announced that the city’s fleet of wheelchair-accessible taxis has added 47 more taxis in 2012 for a total of 139 vehicles. This represents an increase of approximately 51%.
A new taxicab ordinance offers incentives to taxi companies which operate wheelchair-accessible taxis and or vehicles powered by alternative fuels.
Regular taxis are allowed to be in-service for four years. However wheelchair accessible taxis can operate for five years and may request a one-year extension if the vehicle is in good condition. The BACP is also establishing a taxicab fund which will offer rebates to Chicago taxi companies which purchase wheelchair accessible taxis. Within the next seven years, the fund is expected to generate approximately $600.000.
How to Reserve a Chicago Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi
Passengers requiring wheelchair-accessible taxis which are ADA compliant should call 800-281-4466. This toll-free number will connect you with all the Chicago taxi companies which operate wheelchair-accessible taxicabs.
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