Automobiles are nearly ubiquitous for adults today, and many millions of Americans own their own car, pickup truck, or van for commuting to school and work, leisure, or even the hobby of customizing cars in a private garage. For others, however, driving a vehicle may be difficult due to personal troubles such as vision or hearing problems or other disabilities, and for some Americans, such a vehicle may be outside their budget. But people still need to get around, and for this reason, public institutions such as churches and synagogues, sports stadiums, convention centers, airports, and more can invest in a fleet of vehicles that get people where they need to go. Such places can find electric vans and buses for sale to add to their fleet or create one, and electric vans and buses for sale can be found for a great price if the buyer kno3ws what to look for. A bus dealer may have solid used buses on its lot, and a 30 passenger school bus can be a great4 purchase for a public school. Electric mobility vans can transport small groups of people, such as to a place of worship, or anywhere else. Why do some Americans need assistance with transportation, and what options do they have to get around?
Why Some Americans Need Public Transport
While many Americans own their own car or truck, others do not. For those with a low level of income, adding the expense of a large motor vehicle is too great a burden when they have other expenses, and in other cases, a person may live in a highly urban area where they do not even need the investment of a car to begin with. Senior citizens, in particular, may have difficulty operating a truck or a car, and this may even endanger themselves and others on the road. It has been shown, for example, that older drivers are about twice as likely to suffer medical problems that result in difficulty traveling, and at best, this makes car driving unpleasant for them and at worst creates heightened odds of a traffic accident, and no one wants that. Similarly, the numbers show that older drivers between the ages of 70-74 are more likely to end up in fatal car crashes, and the numbers are even higher for those aged 85 and over. And for Americans with disabilities, such as amputees or those with partial paralysis, driving a car is practically impossible.
This is where charter vans and buses come in. Such vehicles are easy to board and get off of, and a passenger only needs to take a seat to get where they need to go. In fact, many buses accommodate passengers with special needs, such as those who are bound to wheelchairs. 47% of bus fleets between 2017 and 2018, in particular, have reported that ridership of special needs passengers increased, and many buses may carry students with special needs as well. Often, these buses will have open areas near the front where wheelchair-bound passengers may sit, since they cannot easily use the regular seats, and these buses will also have ramps that may deploy, allowing wheelchair-bound guests to simply roll into the bus. Some vans have these features as well. Such a van will have its side door open wide, and a motorized platform will be lowered. Once the special needs passenger rests their wheelchair on that platform, the platform raises and allows the person into the van. The reverse process gets them back out of the vehicle.
Any public institution, from a school to an airport to a place of worship can invest more in its fleet if it gets more customers or guests, and such places may be well off getting vehicles that accommodate special needs passengers to make them more inclusive. Finding electric vans and buses for sale means testing used vehicles to make sure they work well, and electric vans and buses for sale might also be newer models with advanced features and power standards. These vehicles are most likely to contain features for special needs passengers such as ramps and motorized platforms. A buyer can check the vehicles in person to make sure everything fits their needs for a fair price.