Popular Car Service Uber to offer wheelchair-accessible service


Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smart-phone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, Uber said Monday.

Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday.

The announcement comes one day before a legislative committee meets in Harrisburg to consider permitting Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.

One of the complaints against Uber by Philadelphia taxi operators has been that Uber does not provide wheelchair accessible vehicles. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis in the city, is issuing 45 medallions for accessible minivan cabs this year, with 150 to be issued over the next seven years.

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