Bus 4×4 was recently tasked by a regional council in Far North Queensland to fit a wheelchair lift on one of it’s 4×4 Coaster conversions. This regional council requires 4×4 vehicles for community transport. It already has a wheelchair equipped Coaster with a Bus 4×4 Conversion which is currently being used. This Coaster however had a factory manufactured wheelchair lift and it took a large space due to the wheelchair located at the side which was also not very passenger friendly during operation. The Council tasked Bus 4×4 to offer a better solution by incorporating a rear wheelchair lift during the 4×4 build.
Allan Whiting of Outback Travel Australia, a foremost 4×4 expert who has over 20 years’ experience as a 4WD technical editor and as a judge of 4×4 awards, sums up Bus 4×4 “Bus 4×4 has cut its teeth – literally – in the Australian mining environment and we can’t think of a tougher place to learn what works and what doesn’t”.
The Bus 4×4 Conversion of Toyota Coaster increases the height of the bus by 210mm which gives the Coaster an ideal ground clearance with greater traction and control over challenging terrain. Majority of the wheelchair lifts are fitted on 2WD vehicles which have very low ground clearance and quite easy to install. This was the first time that we had to modify the lift without cutting into the rear door to accommodate the arms. The final vehicle was to be a dual utility bus which could be used as a normal passenger vehicle and as a wheelchair bus when required.
Bus 4×4 philosophy has always been to create a better solution with an existing product. We strive to innovate based on our rich hands-on-experience across 90 combined years in the transport industry.
Carlisle Rogers of 4WD Touring Australia says, “Bus 4×4 is Australia’s foremost authority on 4WD conversion of larger passenger vehicles. These guys know their stuff more than any other operator servicing the Australian market”.
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