The Vista-2 Series is one of three wheelchair lifts manufactured by The Braun Corp. that can be installed in special-needs buses. All three models include a locking mechanical inboard barrier (IB) that folds up as the lift descends to prevent the passenger from rolling forward or stepping between the bus and the lift. When the platform reaches the ground, the IB flattens and serves as a transition plate.
Each lift is also equipped with dual handrails, and a bridging feature allows the wheelchair user to board from sidewalks or inclines.
Unlike the two other lifts, however, the Vista-2 Series includes a stacking platform — when it folds, one half slides on top of the other.
Greg Cook, vice president of sales and marketing, says this feature improves driver and passenger visibility when the unit is stowed. “You’re not looking through the grating of the lift in the doorway; there’s a clear view,” Cook explains.