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Practical Matters

Minibuses

There are specific regulations governing the transport of wheelchairs and their users in minibuses. These govern, for example, how they may be carried and secured. For example, chairs must be carried in a forward or rearward facing position, not sideways. All passengers must have access to two exits which are not blocked by luggage or wheelchairs. If a trailer is towed, this must not block a wheelchair exit. The detail of these regulations is beyond the scope of the present guide, but details may be sought from MIDAS, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, operated by the Community Transport Association (CTA). This promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. Aspiring Driver Assessor/Trainers (DATs) must participate in a two day course on minibus driving, and a further half-day course for wheelchair accessible minibuses. The CTA holds a list of all member organisations and registered DATs, and can offer advice and information on all aspects of minibus and accessible transport operation, as well as training. They publish a Minibus Charter, a reference book which includes a section on wheelchair restraint. Contact details are:

Community Transport Association,

Highbank,

Halton Street,

Hyde,

Cheshire,

SK14 2NY

Tel: 0161-366-6685

helpline: ctauk@communitytransport.com

Another source of information is Minibus Options Ltd., a specialist supplier of wheelchair accessible minibuses, who have an informative Web site.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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