Viewpoint Accessible Taxi Approved for Big Apple
The 2012 vehicle conversion from Viewpoint Mobility, in collaboration with The Braun Corporation, has been approved for New York City taxi fleets. The accessible taxis have already been put into rotation and more will roll out throughout the year.
Only three vehicles were approved for 2012 accessible taxi models by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Viewpoint’s rear-entry conversion of the Toyota Sienna is among them, for the third year in a row. This year the conversion has undergone durability and safety testing at Altoona Bus Testing Center.
“Our vehicles have not only withstood the test of time, but the test of New York City streets,” said Viewpoint Mobility product manager Jim Probst. “We’re excited to introduce our new 2012 rear-entries to the New York taxi fleets, ensuring that residents with disabilities are receiving the accessible transportation they deserve.”
Rear-entry conversions are popular because they provide alternate street-side onboarding and maneuverability for the passenger and driver, according to Braun.
The Viewpoint conversions are sold and distributed through Ride-Away, a mobility dealership that also provides service.