More Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs May Soon Be On Columbus Streets


UPDATED: Thursday February 7, 2013 5:45 PM

Yellow Cab has been transporting people around Columbus since 1928.

But for people who are in wheelchairs, there’s not always a ride available.

“If somebody calls right now, we have to tell them that service does not exist through Yellow Cab,” said Jeff Kates,  President of Yellow Cab of Columbus.

Columbus City Council is now considering adding 30 new cab licenses that will only be used for wheelchair accessible vans.

Gregory Roth, a rehabilitation services specialist at Goodwill Columbus, uses a wheelchair. He said the new cabs are a move forward.

“It's not always easy to think from a person's in a wheelchair perspective, but I'm glad they're getting on board,” said Roth.

Columbus will be joining other cities that have similar cabs.

The drivers of the unique vans will be required to have specialized training which will include learning about the equipment, like motorized ramps.

Goodwill Columbus president Margie Pizzuti said she's looking at the bigger picture.

“It's a smart move to attract all individuals no matter what their abilities or mobility issues are,” said Pizzuti.

City officials said that wheelchair-accessible cabs will make Columbus more inviting to visitors, just as much as it will help local residents.

If the plan goes forward, central Ohio residents could see the cabs on the street as early as this summer.

Columbus City Council will consider the ordinance on Monday.

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