NYC investigated over wheelchair-accesible cabs

File of a New York City cab (AP Photo)

May 24, 2011 3:28:37 AM PDT
Could New York City be in trouble with federal authorities over the rights of the disabled?

The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating whether the lack of wheelchair-accessible cabs in New York amounts to a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, city lawyers will ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the city's Taxi of Tomorrow, which may not be wheelchair accessible.

The city doesn't require taxi owners to provide wheelchair access. But it has said it does issue medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis and that taxi officials plan a program whereby the disabled could arrange cab rides by telephone.