Whatever the reason for a person's disability, safety is paramount. In the event of an accident, peace of mind for disabled motorists when driving, or if they are a passenger helps build confidence and security.
The campaigns for disabled motorists
Accessibility into and out the car for a disabled motorists is not sometimes an easy task. Disabled Motoring UK wants to change this inconvenience for incapacitated people. They believe disabled motorists have a right to feel safe and secure. Improvements will be the safety of wheelchair accessibility, in short this is called WAVs.
This is worth noting that in the future, anyone who wants to buy a car that has wheelchair accessibility can demand a certificate called the Sled Test. This will prove to all car buyers that the adapted car is at its safest to be on the road.
It is hopeful, that a new legislation will be implemented in that all adapted disabled cars will only be sold with a modern Sled Test label. Hence selling a car without the new label will be illegal.
The new labels for disabled motorists
A brand-new feature for the disabled motorist has been announced. The new initiative is called 'Look for the Label'. Disabled motorists, qualified carers and anyone helping immobilized people can look for the label on a car and be reassured of its safety.
Car companies will have to prove that their cars can pass the Sled Test. A certificate will need to be produced by the company called the ECWVTA.M1.SH. Motorists will then be able to certify at a glance that a car has met the safety standards.
The new 'Look for the Label' was invented by three Paralympians who are called Kieran Tscherniawsky, Sophie Christiansen and Louise Hunt.
How is a disabled car tested?
The process involved to convert a normal car is very complex. The structure of the car has to be completely re-altered, and the floor has to be lowered. If an unqualified person tried re-building a standard car into a disabled motor, it would not be as safe as if a professional technician had reconstructed it.
The new certificate will offer peace of mind that all altered cars will have been adapted by a professional technician. Safety for the disabled motorists, drivers and all passengers will not be compromised under any circumstances.
Most disabled motorists and other people have seen on the TV what is involved in a test crash. Sled testing an adapted car is very comparable; the only difference is the test is done with a wheelchair. Using a test mannequin sitting in a wheelchair strapped up with the appropriate seat belt, the car is thrust into a head-on collision. The results are then noted to test the performance of the vehicle before, during and after the crash.
For a disabled car to gain an ECWVTA.M1.SH certificate, it has to go through more than sixty gruelling tests. The test certificate label was a borrowed concept from the food industry; people can now quickly identify car safety.
The goal is to test how safe and strong all the fixings are in a car crash. Additionally, this will prove that an adapted disabled car is just as good and secure as a non-disabled car.
Disabled persons who don't own a car, but rely upon taxi's or any other transportation will no longer have to worry whether it is unsafe. Disabled motorists will now be able to check if the taxi is labelled with the ECWVTA.M1.SH 'Look for the Label' certificate. If your getting in a taxi from now on, make sure it is safety compliant.
It won't be long now before every converted disabled car is labelled giving all motorists the same guaranteed safety as a non-disabled car.
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