New York City prides itself on being wheelchair accessible. Almost all its public spaces, including hotels, sports stadiums, and city buses, can be accessed in a wheelchair. The same is true of its for-hire vehicles and rideshare services. If you want to help make NYC accessible to every visitor, read the requirements to operate wheelchair accessible vehicles, according to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Understanding the Rules
While not technically a requirement, it is important to understand the laws related to WAVs to provide this service. In 2017, the TLC passed a series of rules that required both its for-hire and rideshare drivers to provide the same amount of wheelchair accessible vehicles as non-wheelchair accessible vehicles.
In 2019, the TLC passed additional rules stating that every for-hire vehicle must provide a certain percentage of trips to WAV drivers every year. As a WAV, you may be called to pick up passengers from businesses that aren’t your own. TLC businesses are also not allowed to charge more for a WAV vehicle ride than they do for other rides.
Get TLC License
There is not a separate additional license required to operate a wheelchair accessible vehicle. While you do need an additional license to operate paratransits or ambulettes, WAVs are separate services that only require a TLC license.
Pass WAV Vehicle Evaluation
To provide WAV services, you must own a car capable of offering the service. The TLC mandates that your car undergo an inspection before you are approved to drive. Your vehicle must include:
- A ramp with a minimum width of 30 inches, capable of supporting up to 600 lbs
- Doors wide enough to offer proper clearance when a passenger is on the ramp
- Slip-resistant flooring in the interior
- Exit warning system
Vehicles like this are available for purchase or rent. At Fast Track Mobility, we have wheelchair accessible vehicles among our selection of TLC cars for rent in Queens, NY that can accommodate four to six passengers.