Living with a disability can provide many challenges to individuals, their families and carers throughout their everyday lives. In some circumstances a wheelchair might be beneficial to assist with mobility. The design and function of a wheelchair and seating system, however, can vary widely depending on the age, needs and physical characteristics of the user and carers.
Greater freedom of mobility and access to safe transport lies at the heart of many day-to-day activities for all members of society. Similarly, safe transport for wheelchair users is a key element in an individual’s ability to access medical facilities and participate in education, work and leisure.
Presenting essential information for wheelchair securement, occupant restraint and other needs of the wheelchair user to transport providers in a clear manner with a common method of operation can not only reduce risks associated with travel, but enable greater confidence for the passenger and their carers and families.
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BS 8603:2013 provides recommendations for the provision and operation of systems to present essential information required by wheelchair users, their carers, vehicle drivers and assistants, for the safer transport of wheelchair seated passengers in a road vehicle.
The document offers clarification on the roles and responsibilities of all parties engaged in the provision of wheelchairs, seating systems and wheelchair accessible transport services. This includes equipment prescribers, transport managers and transport commissioners, and outlines a risk oriented approach to maximizing passenger safety.
These recommendations are intended to operate in conjunction with transport providers operating risk assessment procedures as part of a risk management process. While the information provided by a scheme might be relevant, it would not provide a wheelchair user additional right to travel on public transport.
This British Standard is intended for transport operations where risk assessment of individual passenger needs has taken place as part of an overall risk management process. It is intended to be used in harmony with other risk assessment processes that might already be in place.
The term “passport” has been adopted, and it has been noted that the term has connotations of cross-boundary freedom of movement. Whilst the intention of this standard is to provide guidelines for passport schemes operated on a local basis, extensive adoption of the scheme across the UK will facilitate easier and safer travel.
2 Terms and definitions
3 Operational framework
4 Information for the wheelchair passport
5 Passport design
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