SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR WHEELCHAIR LIFTS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT VEHICLES

The Safety Guidelines for Wheelchair Lifts on Public Transit Vehicles were developed through a grant from the Office of Technology Development and Deployment of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to the Division of Mass Transportation of the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS). CALTRANS was supported in this research by a broadly based advisory panel of persons drawn from industries and other sectors engaged in activities pertinent to the public transport of the handicapped. The panel is listed within this report. In addition, CALTRANS asked bus and lift manufacturers and many transit operators to comment on draft Safety Guidelines. Advice was also sought from the staff of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Transportation Systems Center. This report furnishes guidelines that can be used in addressing safety in the preparation of specifications for wheelchair lifts to be used on public transit buses and vans, and that are written in performance specification language. They do not constitute adopted requirements or specifications, but rather, offer guidance that represents the latest research and thinking on the subject. Rationale discussions, which identify conditions and bases for specific recommended guidelines are also provided. The Guidelines contain sections that pertain to the lift transporting a person using a wheelchair and sections that pertain to the transport of persons standing. These Guidelines are being widely distributed to make the results of this research available for all interested parties. (UMTA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • STEWART, C F
    • Reinl, H G
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-06-0098-80-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: CA-06-0098
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM