Province offers rebates to get more accessible taxis on road

Funding for accessible taxis

The provincial government is providing $3 million to get more accessible taxis on B.C.’s roads.

The funding announced Wednesday will provide rebates to taxi operators for costs associated with maintaining their wheelchair-accessible taxis.

"Promoting equity in passenger transportation is an important way that we're working to build a better, stronger future for all British Columbians," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

"By investing in a more inclusive transportation network we're helping people participate more fully in their communities by connecting with friends, attending appointments and getting to work."

The province says people who depend on wheelchair-accessible taxis often experience longer wait times or lack of service, something this program will hopefully address.

Over the next two years, the ministry says it will launch three additional funding streams that will focus on reducing the cost of operating, purchasing and converting wheelchair-accessible taxis, and providing training to better support the passengers who rely on them.

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