New choices of transportation modes for disables

By Wen Zih-suan(溫子萱)

“There are many attractions in Taiwan. In view of the transportation, disabled people are hardly to visit those places,” said a Polio patient(小兒麻痺患者), Yen Dai-Yu(顏黛玉), who goes everywhere by using crutch. She has tried to call responsible agencies to ask for improvement, but she didn’t receive a good answers from them so far.

A disabled person was waiting for the bus. Photo / Wen Zih-syuan
A disabled person was waiting for the bus. Photo / Wen Zih-syuan(溫子萱)

Now, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications(交通部) offers people advanced in age or with disabilities a new transportation service called Accessible Taxis service in cooperation with Taiwan Taxi(台灣大車隊).  Miss Lee explained that the 155 Accessible Taxi drivers must have a taxi license and complete a training program, which includes helping passengers get on/off the car and helping them use the wheelchair. There is a problem.  Such taxis were limited (currently only 155) and they only serve disabled people. For two reasons that people can’t book the taxi at short notice: One, when few Accessible Taxis are nearby; two, you have to make a reservation online a few days ahead, again, because of the limited number of the taxis.