Bill would set inspection standards for wheelchair lifts

Posted on August 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio General Assembly that would establish inspection and repair standards for wheelchair lifts installed on vehicles used to transport students.

Under House Bill 557, the Ohio Department of Public Safety would adopt and enforce the inspection rules, and in adopting them, they would be permitted to consult with wheelchair lift manufacturers.

The rules would require that each wheelchair lift installed on a vehicle used for pupil transportation be inspected by a person certified by the original manufacturer of the wheelchair lift if that manufacturer is available to certify inspectors for its lifts. The regulations would also establish guidelines for alternative certification of inspectors if a wheelchair lift manufacturer is not available to certify inspectors.

The Department of Public Safety would develop and provide a form to be used and signed by a certified inspector when attesting that the wheelchair lift is in compliance with the rules adopted under the legislation.

The inspection from a certified person would be performed in addition to the state highway patrol’s inspection of wheelchair lifts as part of school bus inspections currently required under Ohio law.

Any repair on a wheelchair lift would need to be made by a person who has been certified under the provisions of the bill. A person who is not certified could perform routine maintenance on the lift.

In addition, no one would be permitted to operate a vehicle used for pupil transportation unless it has passed a certified inspection. Violators would be guilty of a minor misdemeanor.  

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Related Topics: Ohio, wheelchair lifts

Comments ( 4 )
  • Dan Luttrell

     | about 5 years ago

    I haven't heard or read anymore about this issue of wheel chair lifts requiring certified inspectors by manufacturers. Really, unless your school system is running "junk" old wheel chair lifts, the manufacturers put out a heavy-duty product to begin with that only requires basic maintenance. If there are others reading this that have more input in this article that most of us are missing please enlighten us. The worst problems I encountered with wheel chair lifts is drivers and monitors sent out on a special needs bus who had no training what-so-ever. That happened twice and never again since I addressed the dangers to the students being serviced by the wheel chair lift buses. Other than that - we repair our own in-house with manufacturer's original equipment parts. Dan - Indiana.

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