Ride-hailing app Gett has announced a new partnership with Assist-MI, an app that helps disabled users interact with services and communicate their access needs.
Using the app, disabled customers will now be able to hail one of 8000 black cabs in the capital (or 2000 more elsewhere in Britain) with priority booking and up to 30% off fares.
It will work by going into your Assist-MI app and logging in with your Gett details, your two accounts will be associated together to enable you to take advantage of the new service.
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According to a recent report, the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for hire in San Francisco fell significantly in the past few years — all while services like Uber and Lyft were rapidly expanding in the area.
“This is more urgent than people realize,” Carol Tyson, policy director for the United Spinal Association, told The Huffington Post.
Tyson, the author of a MobilityLab.org post about this issue, sits on the Disability Advisory Committee for the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission. That group’s report, published in October, said that San Francisco’s wheelchair-friendly cabs dropped from 100 in 2013 to just 64 in 2015.
While Uber has introduced limited offerings for passengers with disabilities in some cities, it and other on-demand car services don’t currently operate under the same accessibility rules that cab companies do. There’s no mandate for Uber, Lyft or similar startups to include wheelchair-ready cars in their fleets. What’s more, the potential for on-demand startups to drive taxi companies into bankruptcy is no longer theoretical: More than 1 million Uber drivers now handle 2 million rides every day around the world.
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JAMES Davies says he risks his safety every time he books a taxi to leave the house.
The 25-year-old Mt Claremont resident was born premature at 26 weeks with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, uses an electric wheelchair and requires around-the-clock care.
Mr Davies, a disability client services officer, relies on wheelchair-accessible maxi-taxis for independent transport, which he said were unreliable and often unsafe.
“I can’t just call and count on a well-trained driver showing up at my door,” he said.
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Read full article at Source: Disabled feel unsafe riding in Perth taxis, call for Uber’s wheelchair accessibility option | Community Newspaper Group