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London cabs headed for Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Truckers who make frequent runs to the nation's capital soon may be seeing the legendary London cab...

OTTAWA, Ont. — Truckers who make frequent runs to the nation’s capital soon may be seeing the legendary London cabs on the streets of Ottawa.

In an effort to improve access to taxis for disable people, the provincial government has amended the Highway Traffic Act to allow the use of side-entry London taxis manufactured by London Taxis Inc. of the United Kingdom.

The provincial amendment follows an effort by Ottawa City Councillor Jan Harder to bring the cabs to Ottawa.

The famous cabs, in which Londoners have ridden for more than 50 years, offer side-entry wheelchair access with a fold-down ramp, a flat interior floor and a high roof for wheelchair mobility. London taxis also have brightly lit door handles and other options for visually impaired passengers.

London Taxis Inc. is still awaiting federal approval to offer its cabs for sale in this country.

“Many of Ottawa’s persons with disabilities will benefit from London Taxis’ many accessibility features. We look forward to seeing these taxis come into service in our community,” says Teena Tomlinson, a spokes person for Disabled Persons Community Resources in Ottawa.

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