NYC Council OKs taxi access for visually impaired

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council has approved a measure to improve access to taxis for the visually impaired.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to require that the taxi payment technology include an auditory component. That way, visually impaired passengers will hear their fare from a machine, rather than simply taking the driver's word for it.

The equipment will also tell passengers how to pay with a credit card if they wish to do so.

Taxis will be required to have the new technology by May 1 2013.

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