1. A school bus introduced to
Arizona on or after May 31, 2008 used for transporting disabled passengers
shall comply with the minimum standards applicable to school buses and the
specifications contained in this Section. A school bus introduced to Arizona
before May 31, 2008 used for transporting disabled passengers shall comply with
the minimum standards in this Section or shall be maintained in accordance with
the manufacturer's original specifications.
2. Any school bus that is used for
transporting a passenger who uses a wheelchair shall be equipped with a
3. A wheelchair
lift shall be located on the side of the bus body opposite the school bus
driver. The wheelchair lift shall not be attached to the exterior sides of the
school bus and shall be confined within the school bus body when not
4. Any school bus that is
used for transporting disabled passengers shall be equipped with a belt cutter
that is accessible only to the school bus driver. The belt cutter shall be
secured in a location within reach of the school bus driver while belted into
the driver's seat. The school bus may be equipped with additional belt cutters.
Additional belt cutters shall be accessible only to the school bus driver or
adult aides or attendants.
1. A school bus used for transporting
disabled passengers shall have a special-service entrance of a width and depth
to accommodate a wheelchair lift. The special-service entrance shall have a
minimum clear opening of 30 inches horizontally to allow for the passage of a
2. The special-service
entrance shall be located on the side of the bus opposite the school bus driver
and far enough to the rear of the school bus to prevent the special-service
entrance door from obstructing the service door when the special-service
entrance door is open.
3. A drip
molding shall be installed above the special-service entrance to divert water
from the special-service entrance.
4. The frame surrounding the special-service
entrance shall provide support and strength at least equal to at the
conventional service and emergency doors.
Special-service entrance doors:
1. A school bus used for transporting
passengers in wheelchairs shall provide a special-service entrance door not to
exceed 50 inches in width.
doors may be used for a special-service entrance on a school bus, if the doors
are equipped with a positive latching mechanism to prevent accidental
3. The special-service
entrance door shall be constructed to open toward the exterior of the school
bus. A Type A school bus is exempt from this provision if its special-service
entrance door is provided by the school bus chassis manufacturer.
4. The special-service entrance door shall
have a fastening device attached to the school bus body to hold the
special-service entrance door in an open position.
5. The special-service entrance door shall be
weather-sealed by a waterproof cushion affixed to the door or door
6. Door materials, panels,
and structural strength of a special-service entrance door shall be equivalent
to the standards contained in R13-13-107 for a service door and an emergency
door. Color, rub rail extensions, if installed, lettering, and all exterior
features shall match adjacent sections of the school bus body.
7. The window in the special-service entrance
door shall be made of safety glass, mounted in a waterproof manner that is
equal to the mounting of the other windows, and aligned with the side windows
of the school bus.
8. A pressure
switch shall be installed in the special-service entrance door frame that will
actuate a visible signal located in the school bus driver's compartment when
the ignition is in the "on" position to warn the school bus driver when the
special-service entrance door is not closed.
9. A switch shall be installed in the
special-service entrance door frame so the wheelchair lift will not operate
when the special-service entrance door is closed.
1. A wheelchair lift shall be capable of
lifting a minimum load of 800 pounds.
2. When the wheelchair-lift platform is
raised to the maximum position, it shall be held in position by the
3. Controls shall
be provided that enable an individual authorized by the school bus driver to
activate the wheelchair lift from either inside or outside the school
4. The wheelchair lift shall
be equipped so it may be manually raised or lowered in the event of a power
failure to the wheelchair lift.
The wheelchair lift shall contain a safety device to prevent the
wheelchair-lift platform from falling.
6. The wheelchair lift shall be constructed
so it allows the wheelchair-lift platform to rest completely on the
7. All edges of the
wheelchair-lift platform shall be designed to restrain the wheelchair and
prevent the feet of an individual in the wheelchair from becoming caught during
the raising or lowering process.
A barrier shall be attached along the outer non-loading edges of the
wheelchair-lift platform that will prevent the wheelchair from rolling off the
wheelchair-lift platform when the wheelchair-lift platform is placed in any
position other than completely extended on ground level.
9. A self-adjusting, skid-resistant plate
shall be installed on the loading edge of the wheelchair-lift platform to
reduce the incline from the wheelchair-lift platform to ground level. This
plate shall be used as a restraining barrier on the loading edge of the
wheelchair-lift platform. The wheelchair-lift platform shall be
10. A school bus
may be provided with a battery to be used exclusively to operate the wheelchair
lift. If a battery is installed for this purpose, an appropriate size circuit
breaker meeting the wheelchair lift manufacturer's specifications shall be
installed between the battery and the wheelchair lift motor. The circuit
breaker shall be located as close to the power source as possible, but not
within the school bus driver's compartment.
11. The wheelchair lift shall be equipped
with an adjustable switch that limits the electrical power to the
wheelchair-lift motor and a bypass valve to prevent pressure from building in
the hydraulic system when the wheelchair-lift platform reaches the maximum up
or down position.
12. A ramp may be
carried on a school bus for use during an occurrence that requires evacuating
the school bus. The ramp shall not be stored within the passenger compartment
of the school bus.
Wheelchair and wheelchair-passenger securement:
1. Each wheelchair in a school bus shall be
secured in a forward-facing position. Medical equipment and supplies required
to accommodate a disabled passenger shall be secured in a school bus by means
of alterations approved by the Department in accordance with
wheelchair-securement system location in a school bus shall have a minimum
clear floor area of 30 inches in width from the interior school bus wall to the
aisle and a minimum of 48 inches in length. A wheelchair shall not be placed in
a position that prevents passage through the special-service
wheelchair-securement system shall have four full-length tracks, with an
L-track four-point tie-down configuration.
4. The wheelchair-securement system shall
provide a minimum of four wheelchair-securement anchorages attached to the
school bus floor with a minimum of two anchorages located at the rear of the
space designated for a wheelchair and a minimum of two anchorages located at
the front of the space.
wheelchair-securement system shall provide a minimum of one
wheelchair-securement device located in each of the rear anchorages and a
minimum of one wheelchair-securement device located in each of the front
6. A wheelchair space
shall have a minimum of one wheelchair-passenger shoulder restraint anchorage
attached to the interior wall of the school bus and a minimum of two
wheelchair-passenger restraint anchorages located at the rear of the
Each wheelchair space
shall have one wheelchair-passenger restraint. A school bus equipped with a
wheelchair-passenger restraint shall have the following information available
on the school bus:
a. A telephone number
where information may be obtained about installation, repair, and parts;
b. Instructions regarding use
of the restraint, including a diagram showing the proper placement of the
wheelchair and positioning of securement devices and occupant restraints,
including correct belt angles.
F. Dome light: A dome light shall be placed
in the interior ceiling of the school bus to illuminate the wheelchair lift
area. The dome light shall be activated by a pressure switch located in the
special-service entrance door or by a manually operated switch located in the
interior of the school bus no more than one foot from the special-service
entrance door. This switch shall be used exclusively for the dome
G. Aisles: All aisles
leading to an emergency door from any wheelchair space shall be a minimum of 30
inches in width. The emergency door opening shall be a minimum of 30 inches in
H. Seating arrangements: All
fixed seats in a special-needs school bus shall be forward facing.
I. Emblems: A school bus used for
transporting disabled passengers shall display two International Symbol of
Accessibility emblems. One emblem shall be placed below the upper window on the
emergency door or below the window on the special-service entrance door, and
the second emblem shall be placed below the windshield on the side of the bus
or on the bumper opposite the school bus driver. The emblems shall be made of
blue, reflective material and be a minimum of 6 inches and a maximum of 12
inches in width and height and shall contain a reflective white wheelchair
impression with a minimum of 1/8 inch reflective white border around the outer
edges of the emblems.
and B school buses used to transport disabled passengers shall comply with the
specifications contained in this Section except:
1. A ramp may be installed in place of a
2. If a ramp is
used, it shall be of a strength and rigidity to support a wheelchair,
passenger, and an individual attending the wheelchair passenger. The ramp shall
be equipped with a barrier on each longitudinal side to prevent the wheelchair
from leaving the ramp;
3. The floor
of the ramp shall be covered with nonskid material; and
4. A ramp shall not be carried in the
passenger compartment of a school bus.