Teco Taxi and Fort St. John Cabs have launched their first Wheelchair Accessible Taxi. The 24-7 service of these news cabs offers more coverage than the limited hours of the handyDART.
The company said in an e-mail that this service will be of ‘great benefit to those residents with permanent or temporary disabilities which prevent them from driving their own vehicle or using the fixed-route transit system.’
They also promise that users will be able to book their ride on-demand rather than days or weeks in advance.
Teco Taxi also released a new system that will provide riders to order their next cab using their smartphone – in a similar fashion of an UBER.
The app is called Gata Hub, and it’s available on both iPhone and Android devices. It also allows the user to specify if they need a wheelchair accessible cab or not.
This announcement comes at the same time as the owner of four cab companies in Grande Prairie has expressed interest in expanding into Fort St. John — including bringing a wheelchair accessible cab of their own.
In an application that appears to still be before the Transportation Board, Baljit Thundal and Gurkanwal Bains have applied to run 20 conventional cabs here in Fort St. John, and one wheelchair accessible cab.
A representative with Teco Taxi said the timing of the company’s decision to bring a wheelchair accessible cab to Fort St. John following the developments out of Grande Prairie was purely coincidental.
They said it’s interesting that this owner wishes to expand into Fort St. John with plans of bringing an accessible cab, as they claim Grande Prairie does not have it’s own accessible cab operating in the city as it is.