The Importance of Wheelchair Accessible Public Vehicles
All people deserve access to transportation. It is not just a good decision ethically – it is likely part of the law where you reside. If you are involved in public vehicle transit, you need to understand the importance of making your vehicles wheelchair accessible.
People who use wheelchairs are faced with numerous challenges when leaving their homes. Their residences are likely equipped with accessible features, making it easier to get around and do the things they want to do, but the rest of the world is not always accessible.
Much like others, wheelchair users need to get out of the house, and public transit is often an ideal way for people with wheelchairs to travel. If you consider the cost of an accessible personal vehicle, you can see why public transit is preferable.
However, for wheelchair users to access public transit, all vehicles need to be equipped to serve those who require extra assistance. You should ensure that at least one vehicle in your fleet, whether you run a taxi service or a bus route, is available for wheelchair users when they need it.
Wheelchair accessible public vehicles help keep wheelchair users connected with the world, allowing them to run errands, visit friends, and otherwise do the things they want to do outside of their homes. Public transit is something most people take for granted, but for wheelchair users, it can be hard to know if any particular service is going to be accessible. Can you imagine not being able to plan your day because you are unsure about whether or not you will be able to get on the bus, or take a taxi? People should not have to deal with this issue, and as a public vehicle service provider, you can help.