Being wheelchair bound can sometimes be limiting. It may mean having to wait on relatives or friends or making arrangements well in advance if you do not have your own specially adapted automobile. However, the advent of wheelchair access taxis has changed all that. Nowadays if you are wheelchair bound and need to get around town on a moment’s notice, all it takes is a quick call and a wheelchair accessible taxi will be there in minutes. This type of taxi service has made life a lot easier for people that are wheelchair bound.
Wheelchair accessible taxis first became available about a decade ago. Since that time the vehicles have become safer, more comfortable, and more accessible. These days there are quite a few taxi companies which offer wheelchair accessible vehicles. All the vehicles in some taxi company fleets are wheelchair accessible. This means now it takes only a few minutes for a wheelchair bound person to get a taxi. This offers a feeling of liberation to a growing number of people. Plus the specially equipped taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
See an indepth guide to how wheelchair taxis work by A Taxis of Bristol.
The use of Wheelchair Taxis
These wheelchair accessible taxis are available to take wheelchair bound people anywhere they need to go. They can use the taxis to go to work, school, medical appointments, shopping, or a quaint café. Many of the wheelchair accessible taxis can hold two people and their wheel chairs along with 2 to 6 other passengers. The drivers of the taxis are specially trained to ensure they can quickly deploy and store the ramp for the chair. Plus they must understand and master the steps necessary to usher the wheelchair bound rider into the taxi and secure them properly with wheelchair restraint straps.
The taxis have been modified to ensure people with mobility issues can easily get their wheelchairs into and out of them. These new wheelchair accessible taxis use a number of different technologies to get the ramp out of and back into the taxi with ease. In some cases the ramp must be manually put in place and removed. Other taxis use push button technology to move the ramp. In either case, the process is fast, smooth, and safe. Some taxis have swivel seats which extend outside the vehicle to make it easier for people with mobility issues to get on board. Fares in wheelchair accessible taxis are the same as standard taxis.