Disability Equipped Vans For The Handicapped


The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures equal opportunities for the disabled in all spheres of life including employment, public accommodations, transportation and state as well as central government services and in telecommunication relay services.

When it comes to transportation, the ADA provides various measures and directives to bus, rail and other mass rapid transport services to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The ADA has come up with various plans facilitating their easy movement in public life. Even the bus and train stations are supposed to be accessible for people with disabilities. Following the guidelines of this enactment, many vehicle manufacturing companies have come up with special vehicles and vans for people with some form of handicap or the other.

These vans are capable of letting people with mobility impairments move into the van with their wheelchair. The van is so designed and equipped with a ramp for boarding and disembarking along with the wheelchair. These vehicles are also called wheelchair cars for these facilities.

Although ramps allow a wheelchair to move into such vans, the slope of the ramp may not ensure adequate safety while disembarking from the van. Some manufacturers have, therefore, added motorized lifts for this facility.

These vans are available on cash payment as well as on rental and there are also used vans available for people who are unable to afford the new ones. These wheelchair accessible vans have many adaptive features like fully crash tested lowered floor system for side entry, lowered side door, foldable power driven aluminum ramp with non skid surface, external entry controls, removable front passenger seat, wheelchair straps and brackets, multiple wheelchair tie-down points and many more. Such vans provide safety and comfort for the mobility of people with disabilities and let them participate meaningfully in society.