Schools that charter motorcoaches for activity trips should be certain that all of the passengers and any chaperones understand the rules for an emergency evacuation. It’s important that the driver outline the procedures before the bus starts its journey.
The driver should explain exit rules to all passengers, especially the disabled riders, and should seek volunteer assistants in the vicinity of the mobility-impaired passenger in case of an emergency.
Under these circumstances, the physical location of the lift device and exit door become far less critical.
The driver should make sure all disabled passengers know that if an evacuation is necessary, everything, including a wheelchair, gets left behind. An additional exit created by the lift device access door can also be extremely helpful in an evacuation.
The driver should ensure before every trip that someone near that door knows how to open it.
Source: Lancer Insurance Co. in Long Beach, N.Y. For more info, visit www.lancer-ins.com or call (800) 782-8902.
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