The bus must be suitable for the necessary adjustments to the bus. But what needs to be adjusted on the bus?
If you buy a bus, you will get a large empty space in the back. There is a floor in it, but it needs to be adjusted: two separate passenger seats must be mounted. Wheelchair hooks must be mounted to the floor, to secure the wheelchair during transport. Other hooks are needed to secure all supporting devices. At the back of the bus, there must be an electric lift that lifts the wheelchair into the bus. Lighting and heating in the back is required, as the heating in the front of the bus is not sufficient to heat the whole bus . A changing table / folding bed is necessary to change Tim on the way. A 230 volt power outlet is also needed in the future to charge an electric wheelchair.
We get advice from the occupational therapist. An occupational therapist has knowledge of all aids and knows exactly what is needed for which disability. Also, an occupational therapist helps in customizing the supporting device. We have already spoken to many different parents who have already purchased a wheelchair bus. After all, these are experiential experts. We have already been able to view a number of wheelchair buses from the inside, which gives a good idea of what is possible, what is needed and what is available in the market.
Fortunately, the municipality of Nieuwkoop pays for these adjustments, worth 10,000 to 15,000 euros. The municipality requires that a wheel chair must have an economic life of at least 7 years.
- Cover story: A day with Tim to the zoo
- Why do we need wheelchair bus?
- What kind of a bus?
- Required adjustments for the bus
- What will the bus cost?
- Does the government pay for the bus?
- Is a secondhand bus a valid alternative?
- Fiscal discount treaty for disabled transport vehicles
- What’s next? Are there any future project expected?
- Donate: Support a bus for Tim!