Mobility Ventures LLC, headquartered in South Bend, Ind, and the Washington, DC Taxi Commission (DCTC) announce the delivery of the first 14 new MV-1 wheelchair-accessible taxis to the Washington, DC area.

This delivery is part of a grant initiative that helps taxi owners and drivers purchase wheelchair-accessible-vehicles, according to a media release from Mobility Ventures.

Under the initiative, the DCTC offers taxicab company owners and drivers a $7,500 grant toward the purchase of an MV-1 wheelchair-accessible vehicle, and Mobility Ventures contributes additional incentives to help lower the cost for grant recipients.

Also as part of the initiative, taxi owners and operators receive, free of charge, disability sensitivity and vehicle operation training, the release explains.

It is hoped that this initiative will help get more wheelchair-accessible vehicles on the streets of the nation’s capital, per the release.

“We want the District’s vehicle for hire industry to meet the needs for all of our residents and visitors,” DCTC Chairman Ernest Chrappah stated in the release.

“Accessible transportation is an absolute necessity for those in the disability community,” says Howard Glaser, President of AM General Commercial Business (parent company of Mobility Ventures). “We look forward to continuing our work with the DC Taxi Commission and other local, state and federal entities, knowing together we can bridge the gap in accessible transportation.”

“My Administration is committed to providing transportation options that are convenient, equitable, and accessible to every resident and visitor in the District of Columbia,” adds Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, in the release.

For more information, visit Mobility Ventures LLC.

[Sources: Mobility Ventures LLC, PR Newswire]