WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- A DC Transportation hearing exploring options for increasing the number of wheelchair accessible cabs cited the WUSA9 Taxi investigations as evidence for the need.
The hearing comes after multiple undercover WUSA9 investigations documented the problem.
In one of our taxi investigations, out of 42 cabs tested, nearly half, 20 DC taxicabs passed people with disabilities, charged an extra fee or took them to the wrong address.
At the hearing today, consumer advocate Madonna Long referred to the investigation saying, "In his investigation, many people were being discriminated against because they had a wheelchair or were blind and had a service animal."
Mary Cheh, DC Committee on Transportation Chair said what Long experienced was unlawful and taxicabs should not have engaged in that behavior.
Of the 7,300 taxis in the nation's capitol only 20 or .3% are wheel chair accessible.
Taxi Commissioner Ron Linton also testified today answering questions from Cheh about a proposed pilot program designed to have dialysis patients use credit cards and taxicabs instead of MetroAccess to get to dialysis appointments.