Non-profit pushing for Macon, Warner Robins to use wheelchair accessible taxis

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One Middle Georgia non-profit is urging taxi cab companies and local governments to consider using more wheelchair accessible vehicles. 

The Disabilities Connections — the Middle Georgia Center for Independent Living — along with the Transportation Advocacy Group spoke to a group of about 30 people pushing for the MV-1, a new vehicle purposely built for accessible transportation. 

Salesmen let several people try out the car with hopes that taxi companies incorporate the cars into their fleet. The vehicle is 80% made in America, specifically Indiana. It can hold seven people including fitting two manual wheel chairs and five other people. 

"What we want taxi companies to do is replace their fleets with something like this MV-1. MV-1 is probably the best choice on the market right now," Michael Leverett, the executive director for Disabilities Connections, said. 

Representatives from the city of Macon, Warner Robins, and two different cab companies all listened to the sell. Experts say the car is made around the wheelchair ramp, and with a price tag starting at $45,000, it’s worth the purchase.

"I think definitely the taxi cabs could use it. Taxi cabs do not have any transportation, accessible transportation, at all. So it is needed with the taxi companies for people especially if they’re working and they don’t have a vehicle themselves and they don’t use public transportation," Tina Hopper with the Transportation Advocacy Group said. 

Warner Robins doesn’t have public transportation and Macon-Bibb’s doesn’t run everyday. Organizers say the purchase could bridge the gap. 

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