The City Council required the DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC), now the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) to establish a Disability Taxicab Advisory Committee, now referred to as the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The mandate of the Committee is to review and advise DFHV on how to make for-hire vehicle service in the District more accessible for individuals with disabilities.
The Committee is tasked with producing an initial comprehensive report and an annual report thereafter, to be made publicly available on the accessibility of for-hire vehicle service in the District and how it can be further improved. The Committee considers the need for access to all for-hire vehicle service in the District, including taxis and transportation network companies, for people with disabilities and older adults.
Members represent the disability community (advocates) and the vehicle for-hire industry including for-hire drivers, transportation network company (TNC) operators (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Via), and taxi company or association representatives.The membership list is attached below. The AAC advises on ways to improve the accessibility of vehicle for-hire services for DC residents, workers, and visitors with disabilities and older adults. Please refer to the membership application below for minimum qualifications.
The AAC met on following dates in 2020:
- August 11; (Rescheduled to Aug 18); 4pm to 6pm Click date for video of meeting
- September 8; 4pm to 6pm Click date for video of meeting
- October 13; 4pm to 6pm Click date for video of meeting
- November 10; 4pm to 6pm
- December 8; 4pm to 6pm Click date for video of “Robert Rules” training and meeting
The AAC meeting schedule will be set by the chair, and DC law requires that the committee meet at least quarterly. In 2021, the committee will meet on the second Tuesday of the month as follows:
- January 12; 4pm - Click date for video of meeting
- February 9; 4;30pm
- March 9; 4:30pm
- April 13; 4:30pm
- June 8; 4:30pm
- August 10; 4:30pm
- September 14; 4:30pm
- October 12; 4:30pm
- November 9; 4:30pm
- December 14; 4:30pm
Members of the public may make a 5 minute statement to the committee at the close of each meeting. Any person wishing to address the committee must contact the Chair or staff liaison one week prior to the meeting to indicate their interest. The DFHV staff liaison Wendy Klancher can be reached at [email protected]
For accommodation requests contact the Office of Disability Rights at (202) 724-5055. Please note that accommodation requests, including sign language requests, should be made at least five business days before the meeting.