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Accessible Limousine Shines Bright

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities – Annual Report 2017-2018

When Gary Jakeman’s wife wanted to go out with her friends for a night on the town and could not find an accessible limousine, Gary knew something had to be done. Inspired by his wife, who is a participant of the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) Wheelchair Services Program and also an SMD volunteer, Gary embarked on a mission.

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Long battle for first accessible limo

Winnipeg Free Press – February 6th, 2015

After nearly three years of struggle, Manitoba’s first accessible limousine is on the streets of Winnipeg.
“I guess it all started with me when I took a limo with a bunch of girls,” Suzanne Jakeman, 50, told The Herald. Suzanne has cerebral palsy. When she went out for a special evening with her friends, she assumed a limousine would be easier to accommodate her disability than a regular cab.
However, that was not the case.
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A Victory In Winnipeg: Sunshine Transit Services Launches City’s First Accessible Limousine

MV-1 Canada – Jan 10, 2015

Winnipeg resident Gary Jakeman has long been an advocate for safe, accessible transportation in his city. The driving force behind Winnipeg’s Sunshine Transit Services successfully negotiated the red tape and obstacles needed to win nine accessible taxi licences from the government, and put a fleet of MV-1 vehicles on the road which were able to serve all passengers. Continue reading >

Winnipeg to get limo for people with disabilities despite opposition

Duffy’s Unicity, opposed plans to limousines for Winnipeggers with disabilities
CBC News – Sep 02, 2014

Winnipeg could soon see its first wheel-chair accessible limousine service despite opposition from the city’s two biggest taxi companies.

Manitoba’s Taxicab board approved a license for Sunshine Transit Service to operate an accessible limousine. Continue reading >

Limo service proposed for Winnipeggers with disabilities

Sunshine Transit Services applies for licence at hearing with Manitoba Taxicab Board
CBC News – Aug 27, 2014

A Winnipeg company that hopes to provide a limousine service to people with disabilities appeared before the Manitoba Taxicab Board on Wednesday in its bid for a licence, but the city’s largest taxi companies are against the proposal. Continue reading >

Company seeks licence to provide limo service to people with disabilities

CTV Winnipeg – August 26, 2014

A Winnipeg handi-transit company wants to provide limo service for people living with a disability.

Sunshine Transit Services is going before the Manitoba Taxicab Board seeking the special limo licence.

Owner Gary Jakeman said the limo service for people with disabilities is needed because no one else offers it in Winnipeg. Continue reading >