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THE WHEELCHAIR LIFT


THE WHEELCHAIR LIFT SYSTEM

diagram of a bus lift for a wheelchair

  1. Automatic Safety Barrier
  2. Side, Rear Safety Barriers recommended 1.5” min.
  3. Folding, non-skid Platform

A hand rail and safety belt are also recommended

WHEELCHAIR LIFT SAFETY FEATURES

  1. The outboard roll stop is activated by the up and down buttons. When the up button is pushed, the outboard roll stop rotates to the vertical position before the platform raises. When the down button is pushed, the outboard roll stop does not rotate to the horizontal position until the platform is lowered fully to the ground.
  2. The inboard roll stop position is also activated by the up and down buttons. When the down button is pushed, the inboard roll stop rotates to a vertical position. It remains in the vertical position while the wheelchair is loaded or unloaded on the ground. When the up button is pushed, the inboard roll stop rotates to the horizontal position when the platform reaches the vehicle floor level.
  3. The bridge plate rotates to the horizontal position when the unfold button is pushed. It rotates to the vertical position when the fold button is pushed.
  4. Interlock devices prevent operation of the lift or the school bus when it is not safe. Interlock devices can work in a variety of ways:
    1. They lock the school bus transmission in place when the lift is deployed.
    2. They don’t allow the lift to be deployed until the school bus is in PARK and the emergency brake is set.
    3. They stall the school bus engine if the lift is deployed and the emergency brake is released or the transmission is shifted from PARK.

Discontinue operation immediately if any of these safety features do not work properly.

WHEELCHAIR LIFT AND SCHOOL BUS POSITION

  1. Before using the wheelchair lift, park the vehicle on level ground. Do not park on a slope.
  2. The platform must rest completely on the ground. Choose a place to load without obstacles to interfere with the operation of the lift.
WHO CAN USE A WHEELCHAIR LIFT
  1. Wheelchair lifts are designed to be used by:
    • Anyone using a wheelchair or other mobility aid
    • Someone sitting in a folding chair
    • A standee: a person who has difficulty using steps (for example someone using a walker, crutches, braces, a cane). Due to liability, schools should never have someone stand on a lift. In the school bus carry a loaner wheelchair or a stroller for lift use.
  2. Lift attendants should not ride on the platform with the passenger.
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
  1. If you experience a power or equipment failure and you have a child on the lift, you can operate the lift manually. Review the manufacturer’s instructions for operating the wheelchair lift on your bus manually.
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