Say Yes to NYC Accessible Taxis

The fight for more accessible taxis in New York City and the outer boroughs is on…and the accessibility community is winning, slowly but surely!

There are about 60,000 people who use wheelchairs in New York City and the surrounding boroughs. Of the 13,000 yellow cabs in circulation, only about 200 are wheelchair accessible. But laws have been passed that require 2,000 new medallions to be issued for accessible yellow cabs in New York City – and they’ll be on the streets next month. The Governor also said that he wants to see a plan that makes all yellow taxis wheelchair accessible. Now we’re talkin’!

In another legislative breakthrough, livery cars will be able to legally pick up street hails in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Eighteen thousand livery drivers will be given permits, with 6,000 being rolled out each year over the next three years. The cars will get roof lights and they’ll be [...]

So you’ve got a wheelchair van – and you’re traveling safely in style! Now, how do you make the most of your investment? What’s the best way to manage your wheelchair accessible van maintenance?

We asked Bussani Mobility Team’s Service and Production Manager, Dan Walsh, to share some of his best tips for making sure your wheelchair accessible vehicle goes the distance.

1. Use It – Letting a vehicle sit around can be just as harmful as excessive use. Did you know that a three-year-old wheelchair van with under 10,000 miles will often need new tires or hoses or gaskets, all due to dry rot? Keeping your vehicle on the move helps slow down corrosion.

2. Regular Maintenance – Keeping up with your scheduled maintenance is as important to your conversion as oil is to your engine. That includes proper lubricants, alignment, and most important, upgrades.

3. Find a Service Facility You Trust – Don’t [...]

Have you seen the Action Trackchair all-terrain wheelchair? This baby really gives you access. You have the power and the torque to conquer sand, mud, snow, mountain roads, campgrounds, the woods, and other surfaces.

See it in the woods!

See it on the sand!

OTP Mobility Inc., the exclusive Long Island LosGroup Inc. dealer of the chair, is doing an event this Saturday, May 12, so people can try out the Action Trackchair on the sand. They’re also looking to raise awareness and are pushing for accessibility at the parks. Check it out from 1-6pm at Sunken Meadow State Park (Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY). The group is meeting in Field 1 in front of the park office and will head to the food pavilion on the boardwalk for sign-in. The rain date is May 17. For more info call 631-702-5302.

“I’m paralyzed from the neck [...]

Sometimes the simplest moments are those that we hold the most dear…like a walk in the

park with a loved one or a holiday dinner with the whole family. Let me tell you a little story about how
Bussani Mobility Team
helps make dreams come true…

Johnny was injured from birth, and he’s been living in a group home since he was 5. Now 18, he had been the only family member missing from all of the holiday photos, because there just wasn’t any way to transport him to and from family gatherings. Until a few months ago, when the Boutin family purchased a Town & Country wheelchair accessible van that was custom-fitted by Bussani Mobility Team for Johnny’s needs.

The van arrived just in time for Christmas. And to make the holiday even sweeter, one of Johnny’s [...]

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