Grabbing a taxi on the street is pedestrian (pun definitely intended!) for most people, but for people with disabilities, it's not going to happen—at least, not yet.
Do taxi company fleets buy handicap accessible vans? Many do, particularly in larger cities, where the population of wheelchair users is substantial. But "grabbing" a handicap accessible taxi on the street is not yet an option. Wheelchair users have to call their local taxi company and request pick-up in a wheelchair accessible van.
With a population that's growing and aging, the number of people who depend on wheelchairs for mobility presents a noteworthy, niche opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to provide a valuable service for profit. Accessible taxis offer money-making ventures for the 21st century.
Yes, wheelchair accessible taxis make more sense in larger cities, but how about in smaller, growing cities? A smaller city or town may not have the percentage of wheelchair users living in a big city at this point in time, but populations grow, and a business-savvy entrepreneur with the foresight to modify a minivan for accessibility and hit the local market first can "own" the territory.
Handicap taxi cab minivans come in handy for groups that need a larger vehicle, too. Commercial wheelchair vans are typically roomy enough for the driver, one wheelchair, and as many as four additional passengers, unless luggage or cargo space is required. The ramp can be either rear entry or side entry, and disability vans are sturdily built to accommodate as much as 1,500 lbs.