The fleet of adapted taxis in Arona has grown with the acquisition of 10 new vehicles with the capacity to carry up to nine people and offer greater comfort and space for users with reduced mobility.
The mayor, José Julián Mena, highlights the involvement and commitment of the local taxi industry within the accessibility strategy of Arona. “60 years ago, a group of young Swedes with mobility problems and rheumatic ailments were looking for a good climate and settled in Los Cristianos. This greatly improved their health and, since then, throughout the year, Arona is one of the chosen destinations for thousands of tourists with reduced mobility.”
Mena pointed out that this expansion of the fleet of adapted taxis “just adds to Arona’s accessibility strategy. We already have the largest barrier-free pedestrian promenade in Europe, 7km, and a wide range of accessible hotels and adapted sports”. The Councillor for Transport, Leopoldo Diaz, also referred to the different clinical centres as well as the South Hospital in Arona that specialize in disabling ailments and rehabilitation.
The new vehicles have independent and individual climate control in each seat and are adapted for people with visual, auditory or mobility disabilities, and are fitted with a large ramp suitable for wheelchairs and electric chairs.
The Regulation Ordinance Auto Rental Service in association with Arona City Council have stated that at least 5% of licensed taxis should be adapted according to the rules governing the basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination of access for people with disabilities.