Rear-facing wheelchair securement is taking off across the continent
It has been nearly 2 years since the Q’STRAINT rear-facing QUANTUM wheelchair securement system was installed in Regina as part of a pilot program. The people in Regina have embraced this advanced form of transit safety.
What is it?
The QUANTUM is an innovative rear-facing securement-system manufactured by Q’STRAINT that has transformed public transit for passengers using mobility devices. The wheelchair securement solution’s automatic locking station combines securement expertise, intelligent technology and the latest industrial design to allow transit passengers with accessibility requirements to experience a new-found freedom.
There are a number of reasons why more and more North American cities like Regina have quickly adopted rear-facing securement.
Passengers using mobility devices in cities like Regina are experiencing first-time independence with rear-facing securement. A passenger occupying a wheelchair can now simply push a button and lock their mobility device into place on a city bus using innovative, rear-facing securement technology.
This happens when the QUANTUM arms firmly secure the wheelchair for the passenger’s entire ride. All a passenger needs to do is press a button to engage the system. The QUANTUM and its cutting-edge rear-facing securement solution – with minimal assistance from the driver – does the rest.
Operators stay focused on the road
Since operators whose buses are equipped with rear-facing systems do not have to leave their seats to manually secure the wheelchair, it frees them up to stay focused on the road and provides them with the opportunity to manage wheelchair securement from dashboard controls.
Rear-facing technology allows passengers using mobility devices to secure themselves in less than 25 seconds, requiring only limited operator assistance. Traditional forward-facing 4-point systems can take as long as 4 minutes.
No longer the centre of attention
This also allows a passenger using a mobility device to ride on a bus without feeling like they are the centre of attention the way they may during a 4-point securement process. City buses that are not equipped with the rear-facing restraint systems have been relying on operators to perform this time-consuming securement process.
There is a reason why rear-facing securement is the safest direction to secure a mobility passenger. The system provides enhanced head and neck protection through its back panel, and it relies on using the vehicle’s mass to absorb the forces of harsh braking or collision.
A properly secured rear-facing position is far safer than other options. This is why many laws require children to ride in rear-facing car seats as well as flight attendants on airplanes.
When it came down to deciding on the most convenient and safest wheelchair securement system, Regina Transit did not rush into a decision. They methodically researched their alternatives and when all points led to rear-facing securement, Regina Transit engaged in a comprehensive pilot program. Once it was all said and done, Regina Transit enthusiastically integrated the QUANTUM into their transit system.