Greek Cabbies Asked To Be More Accommodating
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 27, 2004
ATHENS, GREECE--With the 2004 Olympic Games coming up August 13, followed by the Paralympic Games beginning September 17, the Transport Ministry is encouraging the city's taxi drivers to be more friendly toward people with disabilities.
The ministry is also enlisting support from police to stop cab drivers from refusing to pick up seniors and passengers with disabilities.
"We found that vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, are subjected to great deal of discomfort by the improper behavior of taxi drivers," transport minister, Michalis Liapis wrote in a letter to the Public Order Ministry.
Liapis said most of the complaints it has received concerned taxis at train and bus stations.
Inspections of Athens' yellow cabs are expected to increase in the weeks leading up to the international event.
Four years ago, disability rights advocates criticized Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for allowing hundreds of accessible buses to be taken from their usual routes to be put into service for the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics.
The official website of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games