Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fez Taxi Drivers Offer Free Travel for Disabled

In Fez, thirty taxis have voluntarily decided to make their work for free for people with disabilities

The news website AlYaoum24 reports that the taxis involved in the initiative will display posters on their rear windows offering the free service.

According to Said Bahri, president of the taxi drivers and owners cooperative, which launched the initiative, says the offer of free transport will be open to all persons with disabilities in general and mobility disabilities in particular.

"The disabled suffer a lot in the street waiting often for a long time to find a taxi," says Said Bahri. "It is particularly difficult for those in wheelchairs"

He says that the drivers' unions had previously held discussions with local authorities on the subject of free transport for persons with disabilities. They also raised the issue of adapting cars to transport wheelchairs. However, many drivers involved have retained basic luggage racks on the car roof that can safely transport a wheelchair.

The taxi drivers hope that the initiative will be taken up by all of their colleagues, of whom there are around 2000 in Fez and that the idea will spread to include other cities of Morocco.

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