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miniplus June issue 31

suppliers SUPPLIERS | LIFTS, RAMPS AND ACCESS AIDS Testing of securement systems is undertaken at Q’Straint’s Whitstable premises in Kent miniplus.co.uk | June 2017 | 17 Only go for the best in safety products If you’re a minicoach or minibus operator and you have accessible vehicles, it’s vital that your lifts, ramps, securing items and other access aids are of the highest quality. Although a ramp may seem a simple item, things such as angle of attack, weight of both the ramp and the user, and safety when moving along it must be considered; the safety of your driver, too, also comes into play, so choose carefully. Lifts are an area of the accessible market where a huge choice is available. Start by deciding whether you want inboard or outboard, and then consider things like weight limit, ease and speed of operation, durability and service requirements, along with the all-important safety element. Then wheelchair users must be secured. Choose only products that have been tested extensively. Another thing to consider is how the product is backed up. What warranty do you get and what level of service is promised should something go wrong? All of these things make choosing a product difficult. Our partners in this feature can help you along the way and they will not hesitate to give you further advice should you need it. Safety of passengers is of the utmost importance to all operators. In the accessible sector, critical stages of the journey are when passengers are being loaded and unloaded – so choose your equipment carefully Q’STRAINT FOCUSED ON INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS For over 30 years, Q’Straint has been focused on one mission: To develop the most innovative solutions that advance the safety and effectiveness of wheelchair passenger travel. Its reputation as a global leader in this field is the result of making transportation safety and customer needs its highest priority. It is committed to continued product leadership and innovation; it has the most exhaustive and comprehensive research and testing programme {miniplus/testing/ April}, and for more than two decades it has played a key role in developing regional and international safety standards. Today, Q’Straint’s diverse and experienced global staff serve customers in more than 70 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The state-of-the-art technology within Q’Straint’s Research Centre of Excellence at its offices in Whitstable allows it to study, test and certify new products, bringing them to market quicker than ever before. For more information on Q’Straint’s products, please call 01227 773035 or email marketing@qstraint.co.uk. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.qstraint.com, Q’Straint is committed to the highest standards


miniplus June issue 31
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