If you run a taxi company, it is important to make sure you have a number of accessible vehicles available. This is even more important when you consider that Uber has recently launched vehicles for wheelchairs in London. Read on to discover more.
All taxi firms will benefit from adding wheelchair accessible vehicles to their fleet. After all, you are going to open yourself to more customers, and you will set yourself apart from the competition. This is especially important when competition is getting fiercer all of the time.
A lot of taxi companies have been somewhat threatened by the growth of Uber. However, there are still many people who do not enjoy this impersonal approach, and they would much rather call up and book with a local taxi firm directly. But, of course, if they need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, and you don’t have the option, they will be forced to look elsewhere.
You may feel overwhelmed by the options available to you when purchasing WAV vehicles. This is something an expert will be able to assist you with. It is important to look for something that is going to be suitable for most wheelchair users. You should consider access to the vehicle. What is parking like at most of the places you pick people up from, for example, the local train station or airport? This will help you to decide whether side or rear entry is better.
You should also decide whether to opt for a WAV with a ramp or a lift. Most of your driver should be able to push the wheelchair user into the vehicle using the ramp. However, lifts are available on most of the bigger vehicles, and this is something you may want to consider.
If you are looking for ways to grow your taxi firm, accessible vehicles are definitely worth considering.