Take Action !!!
Handicab is a new kind of cab company headed in a new direction. Handicab has applied for a license from the Nevada Taxicab Authority to launch a fleet of forty taxicabs which are all handicapped accessible, all monitored by GPS positioning signals and stationed at strategic points to offer quicker, more efficient service to residents and visitors alike.
Handicab’s application will be heard by the Nevada Taxicab Authority April 23rd and 24th. If you agree that it is time for a new direction, please support Handicab by letting people know today.
Those who need accessible transportation know the current system doesn’t work well. But the powerful cab companies who hold the current permits are fighting to protect the status quo and resist any change.
Handicab, an applicant for a new cab company here in Southern Nevada, is challenging the old ways of thinking. Handicab has made an application to the Nevada Taxicab Authority to start a new taxi cab company and have permits (medallions) for a fleet of 40 cabs, 100% handicapped accessible.
Handicab believes there is a market for handicapped accessible taxi cabs—if they are properly managed, dispatched and trained to meet the needs of the disability community and the general public at the same time.
But nothing will change until public awareness is raised and the Taxicab Authority sees the need as well.
What can you do? Actually, there’s a lot you can do—easily and without cost. Here’s a short list:
1. I'll use Handicab:
Nevada Taxicab Authority Board of Directors,
As a resident of Southern Nevada, I am concerned that the taxi service for people with disabilities is unreliable. In some cases a lack of training or experience creates unsafe situations for riders with disabilities. For these reasons I am currently reluctant to use taxis and have to look elsewhere for my daily transportation needs. If, however, Handicab were allowed to operate taxis as a new company with a new disability-focused way of doing things, I would certainly call them for a ride.
2. Write a letter to the editor:
- Use the handy form we’ve provided right here.
- Keep it short (250 words maximum) and to the point (why the current system isn’t working, or why we need to try a new company).
- Concentrate on your personal experience.
- Be concise.
- Avoid form letters—those are automatically ignored. Put it in your words.
- Remember, in order to publish the letter, someone from the paper will want to contact you and determine that you actually wrote it. Don’t be surprised to get a phone call or an email.
- PS: By clicking on the send button, we will also automatically send your letter to the Nevada Taxicab Authority so they know people are interested.
You can send your Letters to the Editor using the handy form below. Please fill in all the fields (the newspapers require them) and do not attempt to add attachments. Be sure to list the subject of your letter in the subject line below, for instance “handicapped cabs” or “disability transportation”.
*All fields are required
3. Share this site.
You can send a personal message to up to five friends at a time (feel free to use this several times).
Ask them to look at this web site, blog on it, or write their letter to the editor.
Get people involved—they don’t have to have a disability, they just have to care.
4. Involve your organization.
Do you belong to an advocacy group, an organization, or even an informal group of people with the same goals? Get your organization involved.
A representative of Handicab will be happy to speak to your group and provide answers to your questions.
Your group can make an official statement to the Taxicab Authority in support of granting Handicab a permit, or it can simply urge each member to participate in the process and be heard.
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