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Uber Pledges Wheelchair-accessible Cars in D.C.
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Uber Pledges Wheelchair-accessible Cars in D.C.

Wheelchair users are already experiencing difficulty with the many physical challenges they need to face every day of their lives. Transportation should not add to their hassle. That is why Uber wants to have more wheelchair-accessible taxis and cars cruising the streets of Washington D.C.

Uber is a taxi and transportation application which connects passengers with cab drivers using their personal or private cars. The passengers use the smartphone application to send a ride request and the company sends that request to their drivers. The company’s headquarter is located at San Francisco, California and they operate in many cities situated in several countries.

To help the company add more wheelchair-friendly cabs and cars to the city streets of D.C., they teamed up with one of the country’s biggest and fastest growing retail providers of vehicular mobility solutions, the HASCO Medical. This company can provide access to trucks, vans, taxis and motorcycles, can pre-modify or set-up any existing vehicle, and can provide ancillary devices or equipment like electric powered scooters.

These well-known companies have come up with a program with dual purposes. First is to grant financial incentive to any person wanting to become a driver for Uber. The program encourages anyone who has interest in signing up as a driver in the transportation network company in order to receive discounts and better financial deals in purchasing wheelchair-friendly cars produced by HASCO.

The second goal of the program is to greatly improve the quality of life for wheelchair users by increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs and vehicles. The program will help provide a better and more convenient transportation for wheelchair users.

Zuhairah Washington, Uber DC’s general manager, said that the company is greatly proud for being the partner of such huge company. Having the wonderful opportunity to team up with HASCO Medical encourages them to continue their commitment for the betterment of the District. With the privilege of working with the vehicular mobility solutions company, Washington further said that they will all the more work hard and hand in hand with advocates of the community to help expand the accessibility options for users of mobility devices.

Hal Compton, HASCO Medical Chief Executive Officer, expressed the same honor and pride for their partnership and collaboration with Uber. Compton said that the partnership provides a firm validation that their company is indeed a leader for vehicular mobility solutions. He also added that teaming up with Uber helps spread their message about giving creating universal accessibility.

With Uber and HASCO Medical’s program, the people of D.C.  will not just see but also live a brighter and more convenient tomorrow. 

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