As well as being an avid reader (and some posts) on HT, I also own and operate Airport Transfers to/from Manchester Airport. We are due to take delivery of two Mercedes Vito (new Model) on 5th January 2005 which will be fully accessible.
Full details and photo's will be posted on our website asap (about mid Jan).
All our prices are the same as for able bodied passengers and are based on the number of passengers traveling. Free quotations by request (email please).
Any help or suggestions from disabled persons to ensure we can give the right sort of service and offer the right sort of assisstance would be greatly appreciated.
I have a mate who if he is going on another holiday abroad might need your type of services.. so it would be worth knowing your site address for future reference..
couple of questions
what sort of access is it ? ie rear/side tail lift or ramped access?
how many passengers besides a wheelchair (and driver) will it take?
what sort of securing system does it use?
is it forward facing ?
appears I can't count..
do I have one?... do I need to edit it... lol
You can get to our website via the www link at the bottom of message.
Our vehicles are very low entrance but at the moment to be inline with most airports and airlines, the passenger would need to transfer from wheelchair to vehicle seat. This is because as yet there is no real securing system available that will adequatley secure a chair and occupant except in a purpose built ( ie a Motorbility type vehicle). Many companies might say they can secure the chair but the advice we have received so far and the testing we have seen does not support that. I am not sure that you can actually stay in your own chair on the aircraft, does anyone know??.
From what we have been told to take into account the weight of the passenger, the chair should be secured and the passenger should be secured by means of a belt attached directly to the vehicle. We have seen some tests where the tubular chairs although secured to the vehicle floor, the frame can collapse and fold in an impact.
We would normally offer any intending customer the opportunity to view and try the vehicle before making a booking.
Hope this helps.
My mate has a special van with a lift etc cost a pretty penny but his lad is getting too heavy to lift about now. Got it direct from a local specialist but I can't find the website...
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