Wheelchair Users

Wheelchairs on Buses : If you require wheelchairs on one of our buses, please let us know in advance of our journey as we have a specific bus for wheelchairs on buses.

We want to make sure we meet all your accessible travel needs – Wheelchair accessible travel does permit for other passengers.

If you require accesible travel then please call us to confirm details of additonal passengers and luggage requirements.

Johns Mini Buses have a disabled access lift, but here is some useful information on Wheelchair ramps.

Johns Minibuses is not an advisory on these subjects, so this information is contributed by a close source who has experience working in a mobility environment.

Car Wheelchair Ramp:

It is not recommended for a car to have a wheelchair ramp.

The reason for this is that it would most likely be used for heavy power products – The majority of scooters and power chairs are too tall to fit into the hatch of an estate or hatchback car, even without the user.

When putting the power chair or mobility scooter into freewheel mode, you are disengaging the safety brake from the motor with no further braking devices.

This then means that the weight of the power chair or mobility scooter is bearing down on the handler.

If grip is lost for any reason, or the handler does not have the strength to bear the heavy weight,then this is extremey dangerous.

Please bear in mind,that if you had the strength to manage the entire weight of the power chair or scooter into the car, then you would have no need to use a car wheelchair ramp in the first place.

It is highly unlikely that most people have this level of strength.

Be safe and look at alternatives to a car wheelchair ramp, car hoists are particularly recommended, instead.

Or if you are out and about in Durham,  Newcastle or the North East, perhaps hire a minibus with wheelchair access!

Wheelchair Ramp Slope / Wheelchair Ramp Gradient

Your wheelchair ramp slope for an attendant controlled user is a maximum safe gradient of 1:6 – This means that if you have a step Elevation of 1 foot – your ramp should come out at least 6 foot – Likewise for an elevation of 6 inches your wheelchair ramp slope gradient should be 3 feet.

If you are a self propelling user – someone that pushes themselves in a wheel chair, the safe gradient changes to 1:12. That’s right for a 1 foot elevation your ramp needs to come out 12 feet and for 6 inches, you would need 6 feet.

These reccomendations are for general assessment purposes and any moving or handling should be risk assessed by the individual, taking into account all conditions.

Johns Minibuses, Durham would advise all passengers to check and contact us, if you have oversized or large amounts of luggage.

Please contact us if you have any other queries regarding your luggage requirements, or information about luggage handling and cover.