Access Solutions for Community Transport

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Access Solutions

For transferring wheelchair users safely into community transport vehicles, a lift such as the Meyland Carlift is convenient.

image of woman using meyland person liftIt fits to either side of the vehicle, and the motor is powered by the car battery.

There are also automatic systems that lift and store a wheelchair, either in the boot or on the roof of the vehicle, and bring it back to the door when required for the user to transfer into it.

Or a stairclimbing wheelchair can be used to lift the wheelchair user into a vehicle, and they can then travel in the wheelchair without the need to transfer.

image of stairclimber lifting wheelchair user from planeSwivel seats are a neat access solution for passengers with mobility impairments. They move through either 90° or 180°, enabling the user to get in and out without having to turn themselves.

There are some models which slide out of the car to make access even easier.

An extra refinement is the Carony seat, which slides out of the car, and docks with a wheelchair base, allowing the user to remain in the same seat, whether they are travelling in a vehicle or in their chair.

Portable track ramps, such as this telescopic aluminium set, can be used to wheel a chair or scooter into the vehicle, then they fold down to be easily transportable themselves. This type cannot, of course, be used for three-wheel scooters.

bentley fielden telescopic track rampsThere are multi-fold designs available that open out into a single ramp suitable for either a three or four wheeled scooter.

If the vehicle has a low enough floor and enough space, the user can remain in the wheelchair while it is propelled up a ramp.

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