Transportation Network Companies & Accessibility: How Other Jurisdictions are Navigating Accessibility Issues in an Evolving Vehicle-For Hire Industry & Ideas for B.C.

Transportation Network Companies & Accessibility: How Other Jurisdictions are Navigating Accessibility Issues in an Evolving Vehicle-For Hire Industry & Ideas for B.C.

The researcher examined six jurisdictions: three in Canada and in from the United States. In helping frame the issue for B.C. and—more specifically— the Vancouver metropolitan area context, the researcher conducted primary research to understand the accessibility challenges in the regional context and to help frame the topic of accessibility within the for-hire sector.

Key findings

Five out of six cities had policies that included the establishment of a publicly administrated accessibility fund, which would receive revenues from the vehicle for-hire sector that would be used to improve accessible transportation options.

Half of the cities require TNC’s to provide accessible service.

Utilization of taxi wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) is important to success of TNC’s WAV service.

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