Private companies that provide transportation services to the public are required by law to be wheelchair accessible to individuals with disabilities. Private entities covered by the ADA include, but are not limited to, airport shuttles, hotel shuttles, private buses and taxis.
A wheelchair-accessible van is a vehicle that has been modified so that the interior size of the vehicle can accommodate the size of a wheelchair, and it’s been outfitted with a ramp or power lift so that a wheelchair can easily enter the vehicle.
If your business is not ADA compliant, then you could face legal consequences such as federal lawsuits or a complaint being filed with the Justice Department. Both cases would result in significant loss of time and money for your business.
Some states also have their own specific laws similar to ADA compliance. You can find yours by contacting the state’s Attorney General’s Office.
The goal of ADA compliance is to provide comfort and safety for the passenger.
Required elements of ADA Compliance
A few required elements of this include:
- Lift door height. 56” door opening height
- Handicap lift. 30” x 40” wide clear platform
- Wheelchair attachments.Able to withstand 2,500 of pressure per leg
- Seat belt. 4 pt. tie downs with lap and shoulder belt
- Interior lighting. One-foot candle of illumination
- Specific guidelines for wheelchair ramps: A 1:12 slope ratio, which equals one foot of ramp for every inch of rise; a flat and unobstructed area measuring five feet by five feet at the top and bottom of the ramp; a width of 36 inches; handrails on both sides of the ramp that are 34 to 38 inches in height
Specific requirements can feel overwhelming, especially if understanding the nuances isn’t part of your wheelhouse. If ADA Compliance is something you need to fit your business needs, then you need both a vehicle and a company that you can trust.
The Ford Transit is your best option
The Ford Transit Connect Adaptive Van features an ADA-compliant lowered floor and an innovative new rear-entry fold flat ramp. The vehicle seats up to five adults and one wheelchair user and has the ability to adapt to accommodate multiple combinations of people and cargo. When the vehicle is not being used for the transportation of a wheelchair user, the ramp (with 800 lb capacity) conveniently stores flat, creating a flat floor surface for easy loading of luggage or cargo.
Transporting individuals using a wheelchair requires specialized technology that also needs to be cost effective. Nor Cal Vans offers many options on the popular and efficient Ford Transit and Transit Connect. We can configure vehicles with multiple seating and wheelchair tie-down locations to accommodate your customer's needs and meet ADA Standards.
Nor Cal Vans designs and builds transportation solutions that change people’s lives. We serve a broad range of industries with our innovative new and used van conversion options including government, education, airport/group transportation, non-emergency medical, secure transport, and refrigeration. We’ve been solving transportation needs for nearly four decades and strive to hold true to our values of teamwork, trust, accountability, growth and a positive attitude.