WASHINGTON – July 31, 2015 –The DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) has established a grant program, in partnership with both Mobility Ventures and the United Spinal Association, to assist District taxicab companies and drivers with obtaining new wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs). Mobility Ventures, manufacturer of the MV-1—the only wheelchair accessible vehicle that meets federal safety standards, is fully crash tested, and is specifically designed from the ground up for wheelchair access—has added its support to this grant program. Mobility Ventures is offering special additional incentives on a first come first serve basis in addition to the government incentive, as well as offering free driver training.
Applications are available to drivers with a valid H-tag and taxicab companies that have met the 6-percent WAVs requirement. All those receiving a grant must agree to participate in the Transport DC program. In addition, an online sensitivity training program developed in partnership with the DC Office of Disability Rights will be required for accepting the grant.
Grants from DCTC up to $7,500 will be awarded to offset the purchase of a new WAV, or an annual grant of $2,500 will be awarded to offset the cost to rent a WAV. Grants will also support free disability sensitivity training to drivers. Applications will be available from the DCTC website from July 28, 2015 until the $750,000 in funds has been exhausted or on Sept. 30, 2015, whichever occurs first. The first deadline for submission is Aug. 10, 2015.
“The Commission is committed to reducing the burden of regulations on drivers and simultaneously expanding accessible taxi service,” Acting DCTC Chairman Ernest Chrappah said. “We are also pleased to have a public/private partnership to assist District taxi operators to obtain new wheelchair accessible vehicles.”
“The MV-1 is the undisputed leader in transportation for people with disabilities. The evolution of the MV-1 reflects our passion for producing a vehicle that combines affordability and durability with comfort and safety for all passengers,” added Howard B. Glaser, President of AM General’s Commercial Business, the parent company of Mobility Ventures. “Mobility Ventures is pleased to be able to work with DCTC to support the expansion of accessible service.”
Jim Weisman, President and CEO of the United Spinal Association said, “Accessible taxis in the District not only serve residents but make the nation’s capital a more welcoming tourist destination for wheelchair users and their families. We applaud DCTC for its efforts to accommodate everyone. ”
For more information about Mobility Ventures and the MV-1, please visit www.mv-1.us
For more information about the DCTC pilot program, please visit: http://dctaxi.dc.gov/release/dc-taxicab-commission-announces-grants-obtaining-wheelchair-accessible-vehicles
About Mobility Ventures
Mobility Ventures LLC is an industry innovator in purpose-built paratransit vehicles for public and private transportation providing design, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer service support. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General LLC. To learn more about Mobility Ventures, please visit www.mv-1.us
About AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at www.amgeneral.com