Once on board the minibus, accommodation for walk on passengers and wheelchair users’ needs to be featured so that they feel comfortable and safe whilst travelling on the minibus. Not only do the passengers themselves need to be accommodated for, but their luggage needs to be thought of, which could mean adding areas in the vehicle to be used as stowage compartments.
The main thought when it comes to accommodation is how many passengers you would need to accommodate for at any one time,so the amount of seats in the vehicle is an important factor to take into account. Always remember that 17 seats in a minibus doesn’t necessarily leave you with enough room for luggage and belongings which is why some customers decide to leave out a couple of seats and instead include a stowage compartment which will be a secure location for any luggage which the passengers will be carrying.
On a minibus, a standard seat is considered to be a semi high back with a lap and diagonal belt with a minimum 400mm wide cushion trimmed in a basic cloth or vinyl. Each of these areas can be improved upon; added headrest or high back, head rest incorporating grab handles, all ages belts, increased widths, upgrade material to moquette or leather and trimming the cab seats to match.
In addition to these options seats can be fixed, removable, tip and fold or have folding cushions. Removable seats would normally be considered for wheelchair provision or where a flexible load-space is needed. Tip and fold seats create space without need to physically remove a seat from a vehicle which is usually used to provide space for stowage.
Wheelchair provision consists of space, wheelchair restraint, occupant restraint and stowage for restraints when not in use.