Accessible taxis for Montreal, Laval and Longueuil

MV-1 purpose-built to accommodate mobility needs

March 6, 2013
by Fleet Management staff

MONTREAL—As a demonstration project, the MV-1 factory-built mobility vehicle will be used as a taxi in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, Quebec. Over 10 weeks, six MV-1 taxis will serve regular customers and passengers with disabilities.

The MV-1 vehicle is dedicated to transporting regular passenger and disabled passengers in public or private sectors. It addresses the needs of all disabled people including those in large wheelchairs. It offers the taxi industry a solid and robust vehicle including an integrated ramp and a spacious interior.

This vehicle is manufactured in the US in a dedicated assembly facility. Ten years of intensive research and development were required for VPG Autos to put this unique vehicle on the road. MV-1 Canada is the exclusive distributor in Canada. For Québec , the groupe Handi Services has been chosen to distribute the MV-1. NAPA AUTOPRO provides vehicle warranty and maintenance across Canada.

Available since January 2012 in the United States and since May 2012 in the rest of Canada, our vehicle meets the needs of all users whether in private or commercial applications.

Le Comité provincial de concertation et de développement de l’industrie du taxi (the provincial committee for consultation and development of the taxi industry – CPCDIT) which represents taxi industry in Quebec, le ministère des Transports du Québec (Ministry of Transportation, Quebec – MTQ), le Bureau du taxi et du remorquage de la Ville de Montréal (Taxi and Towing office, City of Montreal – BTRVM), public transport society of Laval, Montréal and Longueuil and several organizations representing community associations are working with MV-1 Canada on this demonstration project.

During the project, technical assessments of the vehicle will be conducted and feedback gathered from drivers and a variety of different users. The results of these assessments will identify the extent to which this new vehicle meets the requirements of customers.

The MV-1 has a unique deployable access ramp, a spacious entryway, and a large interior that accommodates a wheelchair and four passengers comfortably. The MV-1 has a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powertrain option to reduce operating expenses and carbon emissions and comes with a three year bumper-to-bumper warranty.