In your city, are accessible private taxi transportation services (reservation systems and vehicles) readily available to all persons with disabilities?
Please consider besides “taxi”, shared taxis and any alternative mode of flexible passenger transportation that does not follow fixed routes or schedules (“paratransit”/”para-transport”/”community transport” such as vans or small buses that usually operated in a door-to-door service). If “Yes” or “Yes, with qualifications” please refer to the specific percentage of the accessible vehicles that are available.
Relates to Convention Article:
- No.9, Accessibility
- No.21, Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
Article 9 of CRPD prescribes that in order “to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others…to transportation…’’
The question refers generally to “accessible private taxi transportation services” to ask intentionally about the whole transportation service “offering”, including not only the vehicle itself, but also the related information and communication services and facilities. In the interests of clarity and focus, it should be accepted that the question is intentionally restricted to the (typically better) transportation situation in cities. And, as some experts highlight, the key issue is the number of the accessible vehicles, so the question also asks for the specific percentage of accessible vehicles that are available.
The availability of private transport services appears to be particularly critical in the Arab world but it also worthy to refer to the discouraging results from Central and Eastern Europe.