Toronto, Ontario – A purpose-built accessible van could be Toronto’s “Taxi of Tomorrow,” according to its distributor.

Motion Group of Companies, the Canadian distributor of the U.S.-built MV-1, said it hopes that Toronto’s Licensing and Standards Committee assesses the benefits of accessibility when choosing a standard Toronto taxicab.

A Toronto councillor is proposing a “Taxi of Tomorrow” contest based on the two-year campaign by New York City, which awarded Nissan a ten-year contract for its NV200 minivan.  “The city of Toronto has a moral and economic responsibility to require that the standard taxi is wheelchair accessible,” said Nick Grande, CEO of Motion Group of Companies. “Many of Toronto’s subway stations lack elevators and the city’s Wheel Trans program is expensive to operate, often carrying fewer wheelchair passengers than its capacity. Choosing a fully accessible taxi, like London’s black cabs, would improve public service and relieve the burden on the city’s para-transit program, which will only increase with our aging population.”

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