Uber and MV Transportation partner to improve wheelchair accessible transport

20 Nov 2018

Uber has partnered with paratransit provider MV Transportation to improve service and response times to wheelchair users in some areas of the USA and Canada. Uber does not own the vehicles its services provide, and not enough wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAV) have been available. This step comes after feasibility studies and lawsuits alleging discrimination against wheelchair users. Acknowledging the situation, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: 'We know there is still a long way to go—and that we’re at the beginning, not the end, of this journey'.

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