NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans takes steps to expand transportation options for people with disabilities by creating special certification for cabs which meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
The city will open an application period for new Accessible Taxicab Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience (AT CPNC) from Feb. 1 until March 4, 2016.
Under the program, AT CPNC operators may function like a standard taxicab, but a city news release says "they must give priority to service requests from people with disabilities and those who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters."
It also spells out that the drivers cannot accept another fare while headed to a service call from a person with a disability.
The city says this means a new opportunity for drivers to hold a CPNC and operate their own vehicle.
Applicants must be pre-approved for the purchase of an accessible vehicle which meets ADA guidelines for things like door heights and interior clearances.
For more on eligibility and vehicle requirements click here