NEW YORK – To help celebrate 100 years of the taxi cab in New York City, General Motors is placing into the city’s taxi fleet service the only vans approved to transport individuals with mobility-restricting disabilities or spinal cord injuries. The taxi van uses a Chevrolet Uplander TC (Taxi Cab) modified by GM’s approved upfitter, El Dorado National. A stainless steel floor that is 12 inches lower than the standard floor offers a full 58 inches of interior height without a raised roof. Uplander TC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Besides public taxi service in New York and elsewhere, the lowered-floor Uplander is designed to be used by airport shuttle services, rehabilitation and extended care facilities, and private livery companies that serve individuals with mobility issues. It meets or exceeds all applicable U.S. and Canadian vehicle safety standards and is equipped with GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. Other key features include:

  • Optional fold-down, middle-row seat and enhanced rear-seat capacity for optimum passenger load.
  • Sturdy manual fold-out ramp has an easy-to-use, swing-out gate feature for quick and clear access for all passengers.
  • Safe, commercial-grade non-slip flooring made of skid-resistant durable vinyl.
  • High-strength tie-down belt system made by Q’Straint ensures that a wheelchair or motorized chair is securely fastened.
  • Originally posted on Fleet Financials