Radio taxi operator Meru Cabs has announced the launch of a specialised service for differently abled and elderly commuters called ‘Meru Enable’.
The Meru Enable fleet will come equipped with a state-of-the-art hydraulic lift, which can comfortably lift a passenger seating in a wheelchair and help him/her to board the cab without any support. The cab interiors are specially designed and modified to accommodate the wheelchair and three 3 co-passengers.
This specially designed fleet of cabs will enable people with special needs to commute across the city with or without any caregiver, giving them freedom to travel independently. It also has specific space to keep their belongings, extra room for caregivers/co-passengers, amongst several other elements to ensure a comfortable travel experience for people with specialised needs.
Employing spacious vehicles, this distinctive service has been customized to fulfill the needs of a unique set of travelers that include elderly citizens, pregnant women, differently abled passengers and medically obese persons. Apart from handling wheelchairs, creating adequate space and driving with care, drivers of Meru Enable undergo special training and are sensitized to assisting passengers with mobility constraints.
Piloted in Mumbai, the service will soon be available in Delhi and Bangalore by the second half of 2016 followed by Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata in early 2017.
Siddhartha Pahwa, Group CEO Meru Cabs said, “With a fleet of over 20,000 cabs on road serving over 6 million passengers, Meru Cabs now expands its travel portfolio by providing differently abled commuters an affordable and comfortable cab journey with the launch of Meru Enable.”
Apart from the wheelchair & the hydraulic lift, every Meru Enable cab will also be equipped with:
• Wheelchair restraint to safely hold the chair during movement
• First-aid kit for the basic needs
• Special training to drivers, sensitized to assist passengers
• Spacious and hygienic interiors
• Extra room for care givers
• Fire extinguisher