As we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the Peace Region, a new accessible taxi service is arriving in Grande Prairie to facilitate access for people with disabilities in the city and surrounding areas.
Kevin O’Toole, City Councilor and member of the Grande Prairie Accessibility Committee, made the first official van ride.
âI’ve been on the committee for about 12 years now. It has been a huge challenge to get that kind of service in Grande Prairie and I am very happy about it. This is something that is very much needed. This cabin is designed in such a way that up to two people in a wheelchair can fit in comfortably, âhe explains. âMy heart goes out to the company, the owner of this cab, and I have to give Cecil Pizzey a pat on the back. I am just grateful to everyone who participated in this process, helping to make it a reality. “
David Williams, the owner and operator of the first van taxi via Wapiti Taxi, said he was eager to get things started, officially.
âWe’re going to play him by year and see how much he is in demand here in town,â said Williams. âWe look forward to providing this service to the community. We believe this is something we can give back to the community that gives us so much.
The service will be accessible to everyone. There is no need to book in advance and wait for a window and this is meant to be as convenient as possible.
âIt’s something for people who have gone through difficult times and who find it difficult to move around due to a disability. Cecil is really excited about this because he’s been working on it for a long time, it took about 8 or 9 years. Lots of regulations that we had to deal with and a lot of additional costs too, âhe says.