Taxi fee proposal for more wheelchair-accesible cabs

Mar 26, 2014 12:03 PM

You could be shelling out more nickels and dimes next time you hail a cab in New York City.

Mayor Bill DiBlasio is backing a proposal that would increase taxi fares 30 cents per trip.

The surcharge would help offset the costs Taxi owners pay to make their vehicles wheelchair accessible.

The hike would apply to all yellow taxi and green outer borough cab rides.

But some drivers WCBS spoke with were not happy about the idea of more surcharges, saying passengers complain about the amount of surcharges already imposed.

"I don't know why the new mayor wants to put the pressure on the taxi drivers. There were thousand ways to make this money," said driver Rahim Rahmon.

Right now there are only 231 wheelchair accessible cabs in New York City.

The city wants to boost that number to more than 7,500, as part of a legal settlement reached last year by accessibility advocates and the Bloomberg administration.

But most New Yorkers WCBS spoke to, like Mayor DiBlasio, agree with the proposed fare hike.

"I think it would be good to accommodate people who need wheelchairs to get around the city more," said Skylar Sasson of Harlem.

The DeBlasio administration is expected to hold a hearing on the proposed surcharge next month.


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