Conversion of Mini Buses and Buses for Public Safety and Handicap Friendly Purposes30 May 2016
The state of public transport, at least from a safety-centric perspective, has changed over the last few decades. Large buses lower on pneumatic suspension systems to allow easy wheelchair access. Meanwhile, mini buses offer special lifting mechanisms to ensure mobility-challenged passengers and their motor carts are properly accommodated. Still, these generic transit systems do sadly lack basic features. The conversion of mini buses and buses, first of all, should benefit more than one passenger, even if that passenger is temporarily sidelined due to an unwieldy pair of metal crutches.
Mobility issues aren’t restricted to wheelchair considerations of course, not when elderly passengers and those with leg-related injuries just need a supporting hand. When that supporting hand is absent, then plenty of hand rests and handrails need to be installed. Preferably rubberized to maximize a weak grip, the handles are typically fastened at different heights, all the better to accommodate passengers with different disabilities.
Accessibility Assured Boarding
It’s best to avoid the older, accessibility-unfriendly buses that once raced along our roads. Instead, the conversion of mini buses and buses benefits from more contemporary public transport models, the ones that use one foreshortened step or even entirely dismisses steps. Better yet, a direct-to-seat configuration leapfrogs the cumbersome issues associated with navigating a narrow aisle. A hydraulic lifting unit operates either a hoist or a lifted floor to efficiently furnish a wheelchair-seated passenger with a specific seat, one equipped with wheel clamps. Some conversion strategies place this lifting unit on the rear of modified mini bus, but there are options to install this dedicated wheelchair position on the side of a bus.
As mentioned earlier, one wheelchair position isn’t the ideal configuration, plus the job could require aids that target the infirm. Widened aisles and plenty of handles help, but it’s still not enough. A minimum of three wheelchair points is preferable. At the far end of the spectrum, adjustable seats should adopt a fold-away setup so that the entire bus can be configured for wheelchairs. At the other end of this scale, alarms and brightly reflective lines provide guidelines for the poorly sighted.
Specific mobility issues dictate the conversion of mini buses and buses, but safe conveyance practices and comfortably engineered seats create an ideal baseline, a standard on which to regulate the project. One or many, each passenger should be able to board, sit securely, and disembark with the impression that the conversion has produced a comfortable and accessible commuter experience.