Minibuses for Schools
If you are acquiring a vehicle with which to transport people with disabilities there are some important questions to consider, some of which are set out below:
Will you be transporting wheelchair users?
Is a low floor important for people with walking difficulties?
Will you need space to secure folded wheelchairs?
Will wheelchair users be travelling in their wheelchairs? If so, how many at one time? And how many seated passengers do you need room for?
Will special equipment such as a wheelchair restraint system, lift or ramp be required?
Will the drivers need training in the safe use of the special equipment.
Hampshire Transport Management and Community Transport can both advise on how best to choose a vehicle to suit the needs of your passengers. For training your drivers to use specialist equipment such as a passenger lift, MiDAS
provides an 'accessible module' for drivers of minibuses that transport passengers with disabilities.