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New wheelchair-accessible taxis in city among first in Canada

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Those over-sized station-wagons now on the streets in Winnipeg represent the city’s first new taxi licences in many years and are among the first of the new MV-1 vehicles on Canadian streets.

Dignity Transportation, a Winnipeg-owned company that currently operates 10 vans and five cars for Handi-Transit, has introduced five of the wheelchair-accessible taxis into the Winnipeg market.

The cars will charge standard taxi rates and company officials say they will service demand from typical Handi-Transit users who need rides outside their pre-booked times.

In addition to the unusual look of the MV-1 vehicles — which are large enough to carry two people in wheelchairs and four other passengers — Dignity Transportation cars will also be the first taxis in Winnipeg with equipment to allow patrons to pay with debit cards.

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