Buses: mobility aids
Wheelchairs and mobility aid users can board buses that have an easy-access low floor, as long as they have the right dimensions, manoeuvrability and weight.
Your mobility aid needs to meet all of the following:
- fit within an allocated space of 1300mm by 800mm
- be no more than 750mm wide at a height 300mm from the ground
- weigh no more than 300kg including the aid, occupant and assistant (if applicable) when using a ramp or other boarding devices.
To board public transport your mobility aid should be able to do all of the following:
- turn 180 degrees within an area 2070mm by 1540mm
- cross a horizontal gap up to 40mm wide
- mount a vertical rise (bump) up to 12mm
- cross grating gaps up to 13mm wide and 150mm long
- negotiate a 1:14 grade ramp unassisted
- negotiate up to a 1:8 grade where the ramp is less than 1520mm
- negotiate a 1:4 grade ramp with assistance.
Electric scooters and similar vehicles are in most cases too heavy and unstable to board a bus.
Buses can only carry scooters that meet all of the following
- weigh less than 300kg including laden weight
- can be driven onto the bus
- can be manoeuvred to fit in the priority seating area.