For most organizations, the process of purchasing a full size accessible vehicle requires significant resources. There are several options and one size certainly doesn’t fit all.
When we work with our clients, often the first thing they say is “I don’t know where to start.” Our team of mobility consultants is always happy to assist. After an initial 5-10 minutes conversation, we’ll narrow down vehicle options so that you do know where to start in your search for the right accessible van.
You are busy and you probably want to be educated about your options before connecting with our team. One of the most important questions you can consider before contacting a mobility van company is whether side entry or rear entry vans are better suited to your programs. Once you have determined whether you require rear entry or side entry vehicles, the other deciding factors become much more manageable.
Rear Entry or Side Entry?
‘Rear entry’ or ‘side entry’ refers to where wheelchair users and mobility passengers would enter the vehicle from. Determining where your passengers will enter from involves considering different scenarios.
If the vehicle needs to be parked in a narrow driveway or in parking lots without accessible spaces, a rear entry wheelchair van is recommended. This is because there is no additional space required at the side of the vehicle to accommodate an accessible ramp.
Ambulatory passengers with different levels of mobility
If your organization transports ambulatory passengers who have difficulty using steps or running boards to enter and exit a vehicle, a side entry accessible van is recommended. MoveMobility’s P Series vehicles (P3, P4, P5) have barrier-free access with a side entry ramp. Passengers with walkers, canes, or wheelchairs can easily board the vehicle.
Size and weight of wheelchairs
If any of your passengers use large or heavy wheelchairs, you may find that it requires less effort to on-board and off-board them through the rear of the van. A rear entry van also eliminates the need to turn the wheelchair once inside the vehicle.
In addition to determining whether your organization’s wheelchair van needs are best suited with a rear entry or side entry accessible vehicle, there are other specifications you should consider. MoveMobility is here to help determine what type of accessible van will be appropriate for your program. Contact our team today to arrange for a no-obligation consultation.