Wheelchair transportation guidelines to be tightened under bill released by Senate Transportation Committee

TRENTON – Private transportation entities that primarily serve the handicapped population would be required to use a four-point securement system under a bill released from the Senate Transportation Committee this morning.

S715, sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), Cedar Grove, and Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Plainsboro, was released by a unanimous vote.

The four-point securement system includes four wheelchair restraints to secure the wheelchair to the floor, occupant securements, a lap and shoulder belt, and floor anchorages installed in the vehicle floor. The bill would go further than the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards by requiring the four-point securement system.

Wheelchair transportation guidelines to be tightened under bill released by Senate Transportation Committee