Details from the BC Government Release below:
More people with accessibility challenges throughout the province will soon have better access to wheelchair-accessible taxis, reducing wait times and allowing them to get around their communities with ease.
Since its launch in January 2023, the Province has provided $2.6 million in grants to 51 taxi companies through its Passenger Transportation Accessibility Program Maintenance Rebate. The funding is helping reduce the financial effects of necessary maintenance work on nearly 400 wheelchair-accessible taxis.
By reducing the expenses related to owning and maintaining accessible taxis, the Province is making it easier for more operators to bring more of these vehicles into their fleets. This can improve the ability for more British Columbians to get where they need to go, when they need to get there.
During the next two years, the ministry will launch additional funding streams that will focus on reducing the cost of operating, purchasing and converting wheelchair-accessible taxis, and providing drivers with training to better support the passengers who rely on them. The funding will help the taxi industry ensure that more wheelchair-accessible taxis are available to meet the needs of British Columbians.
Read the full release from the BC Government here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MOTI0057-000631
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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