The Equality Act 2010 requires taxi drivers to provide assistance to those in wheelchairs. Prior to this the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was in place to ensure taxis remained accessible. It is important that taxi drivers of course are able to find the right ramp to provide users with a smooth gradient whilst still having enough space in their vehicle to transport users.
Here at The Ramp People we offer a range of temporary and fixed disabled ramp solutions for allowing wheelchair users to access taxis, whether it is a car or van.
Step 1: Identify The Ramp Length Required
Firstly it is important to identify the required ramp length you need. This is decided based on the height from the ground to where the ramp will rest on the vehicle (load height), whether this is the side door of the vehicle or the boot. We have a handy Wheelchair Ramp Length Calculator to help you identify your required ramp length, alternatively you can contact our team for advice. We recommend a 1:8 gradient so your ramp is suitable for manual and electric wheelchairs. For example, if your height is 1m, you require an 8m long ramp. If you are only loading empty wheelchairs or scooters into the vehicle a steeper gradient can be used.
Next you need to decide whether you would like a portable mobility ramp or a fixed ramp.
Making Your Taxi Wheelchair Accessible with a Temporary, Portable Ramp
The temporary ramp solutions are often folding or telescopic. These simply rest onto your vehicle when you wish to use it and then you can fold away and store it when the ramp is not in use. A fixed ramp is secured into your vehicle with several fixings.
One popular solution is our multi-fold wheelchair ramp for cars. This ramp splits into two sections for easy storage, also meaning it is lighter to carry. The ramp is suitable for manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and scooters.
A further lightweight solution is our telescopic channel ramps which are available in lengths up to 12ft. Please note these are only suitable for manual wheelchairs.
Making Your Taxi Wheelchair Accessible with a Fixed Wheelchair Ramp
We offer an extensive range of fixed folding ramps for taxis, including two-part and 3 part ramp solutions. All of our fixed ramps are made in the EU and offer various safety features including the anti-slip mesh surface, grab handles, smart lock system and safety straps. The ramps are provided in various lengths and capacities, if you wish to purchase a fixed folding ramp we recommend completing our van ramp form to allow us to recommend a suitable ramp for your taxi, based on your measurements.For helping finding the right ramp for your taxi email email@example.com or call +353 1 695 0520.