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.
In one of ourtaxiinvestigations,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 investigationsaying, "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 shouldnot 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 answeringquestions 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.