Councilman says Philly needs more taxis, better service

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A hearing on taxi service in is on the horizon in Philadelphia City Council.

Councilman David Oh, who sponsored the resolution calling for the taxi hearings, says there should be more cabs on the city streets.

“Cabs in Philadelphia are not always maintained the best, when you look at other cities, and so this resolution will examine what would be an increase in the number of cabs available, modernizing those cabs that are coming on line and also trying to encourage alternative-fuel vehicles,” Oh said.

Oh is calling for a major increase in the number of cabs equipped to help those with special needs.

“There are only seven wheelchair-accessible cabs available for the whole city of Philadelphia, so that severely limits people with disabilities,” he said.

He’s pushing for nicer cabs — since most of the taxis tooling around Philly have plenty of miles on them from use in New York and other cities.

A date for the hearing has not been scheduled.

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