NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans plans to have eight handicap-accessible taxicabs on the road before Christmas.

The city's Taxicab and For-Hire Vehicle Bureau says eight certificates will go to qualified people who don't already drive a cab. They must show they have approval to buy a vehicle meeting requirements of the American with Disabilities Act for such matters as door heights and interior clearances.

Accessible Taxicab drivers will be able to pick up other passengers, but will have to give priority to calls from people with disabilities and those who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Once they're on their way to such a call, they won't be able to take any other fare.

Bureau director Malachi Hull says the new cabs will be on the streets by Dec. 20.

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