Improving Access to Taxis

This monograph reports on a study that examined factors relating to the design and manufacture of taxi vehicles and considers practical measures to increase the production and use of accessible taxis. The study was a joint project of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The authors stress that taxis are an essential mode of transportation for disabled and older people. The combination of the personal service they offer, their wide availability, and door-to-door operations enable them to respond particularly well to the travel needs of people with disabilities. The study started from the point of view of the disabled users' needs, then went on to consider what would be feasible as far as the vehicle manufacturers are concerned and what would be acceptable to the taxi trade. The ECMT-IRU recommendations for taxi vehicle accessibility are based on two design levels: wheelchair accessible taxis, which are accessible vehicles capable of carrying the majority, but not all, passengers who travel in their wheelchair as well as people with other disabilities; and standard accessible taxis, which are vehicles with features designed to make use by disabled people easier, but which would only be able to carry a wheelchair user who can transfer to a taxi seat. The recommendations include specific design guidance for the key features of these taxis; the guidance is expressed as a recommended dimension and a minimum acceptable measurement, thus providing a range rather than a single figure. The recommendations also include guidance on other features that can help make the use of taxis easier for disabled people, including seat design, provision of grab handles, color contrast, interior lighting, induction loops, and taxi meters that are clearly visible and which give the fare audibly. Other topics covered include the need to encourage the provision of accessible taxis (by regulation and by financial incentive), infrastructure design, and driver training.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 83p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054239
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789282101032
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2007 11:47AM