For TNCs (transportation network companies) like Uber and Lyft, the lack of ADA accessible rides for disabled citizens is a prime example of corporate greed at its worst. Their success depends on avoiding the added costs of complying with the same city and state regulations that taxi, limousine and para-transit companies have been operating under for years.
Here are the facts:
- Municipalities have mandated minimums for vehicle-for-hire companies that MUST be compliant with wheelchair/ADA accessibility standards.
- In most Texas cities this rate is set at a percentage of all fleet vehicles.
- Recently, the city of Austin established a 6.5% accessibility minimum standard.
- Ride-share companies have continued to refuse to abide by municipal and ADA standards, despite repeated lawsuits from disability advocates.
- Uber specifically claimed that the rules shouldn’t apply to them and said “the cost of compliance” would be “extraordinary.”
For international companies worth billions, providing basic needs for a community shouldn’t be an “extraordinary” expense. Local taxi, limousine and para-transit companies are and have been committed to accessibility for years, so please don’t get left at the curb.