Many power wheelchairs are being manufactured without easy to use (or reach) securement rings. Consequently, it takes too long for paratransit or fixed route bus operators to secure the chair. Others aren't being properly secured at all. DOT needs to work with wheelchair manufacturers to STRONGLY encourage strong, easy to reach securement rings on all wheelchairs.
Vanpooling is a cost-effective transportation solution for commute to work in urban, suburban and rural settings where traditional transit is not available or convenient. But most vanpool programs fail in forming vanpool groups for wheelchair patrons due to the inconveniences to other riders (who must participate to have a vanpool). Most lifts, ramps and, especially, systems for securing riders require the assistance ...more »