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Accessible van added to Skeena Taxi fleet in Prince Rupert to meet demand

The company said the van will reduce wait times for passengers with accessibility needs
Driver Gurveer Adiwal and President Gurvinder Randhawa with the Skeena Taxi Service’s newest addition to their fleet. (Seth Forward/The Northern View)

Another accessible van has been added to the Skeena Taxi fleet following increased demand and a large investment by one of the service’s drivers.

The brand-new van, owned by driver Gurveer Adiwal, is the third accessible vehicle at Prince Rupert’s only taxi company, though the other two are frequently unavailable.

Gurvinder Randhawa, president of Skeena Taxi, and a city councillor, said one older handicap-accessible van is frequently in a body shop, while the other is often travelling back and forth from Terrace, with many clients going to either the Terrace hospital or the airport.

Bringing in the new van will be a relief for the summer season according to Randhawa, who said demand skyrockets once the cruise ship season comes around.

After getting the needed permit approved by the city of Prince Rupert and the BC Passenger Transportation Board, Randhawa said he is hoping clients with accessibility needs can now expect the same wait time as those without accessibility needs.

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About the Author: Seth Forward, Local Journalism Initiative

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