This, the second part of a survey into the problems of disabled people in using public transport, examines equipment currently available for adapting public service vehicles. Examples are given of a three-step lift which can be converted from a three-step pedestrian entrance into a loading platform for wheelchairs in a time of 15 seconds. An alternative method of accommodating lifting facilities in the normal entrance is by the use of an electrically operated chain-driven lift where a fold-down platform takes either a seated passenger or a wheelchair and subsequently retracts to leave the normal entrance clear for pedestrians. Methods of securing wheelchairs on coaches are discussed and the needs of toilet compartments are examined. Coach and ambulance features are often combined by body manufacturers with experience in each. Notes are given on some of the recently-built or converted vehicles by the major manufacturers in the field. The author mentions those of the larger transport operatives who have specialised in conversions and gives details of other specialists including a consultant.

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    Travel and Transport Limited

    122 Newgate Street
    London EC1A 7AD,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1984-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 41-44
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM