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Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (SOR/2019-244)

Regulations are current to 2020-01-08 and last amended on 2019-07-11. Previous Versions

PART 3Technical Requirements Applicable to Carriers (continued)

DIVISION 4Bus Carriers (continued)

Technical Requirements (continued)

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Marginal note:Ramp or bridge plate

 A ramp or bridge plate that is used to assist a person with a disability, including a person in a mobility aid, to board or disembark from a bus must

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    (a) have a contrasting colour strip that runs the full width of its bottom edge;

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    (b) have raised edges to prevent a mobility aid from rolling off the edge of the ramp;

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    (c) have a slip-resistant surface; and

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    (d) be capable of supporting a minimum weight of 272 kg.

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Marginal note:No level boarding

 If a bus terminal does not permit level boarding of a bus and there is no lift, ramp or bridge plate available at the bus terminal, the bus must be equipped with a lift, ramp or bridge plate.

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Marginal note:Other stops

 If a bus makes a stop at any place that is not at a terminal and where passengers are permitted to board and disembark, the bus must be equipped with a lift, ramp or bridge plate.

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Marginal note:Stairs

 Any stairs that are used to board or disembark from a bus, and any interior stairs on a bus, must

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    (a) meet the requirements set out in clauses 5.4.1 and 5.4.2 of CSA B651-18;

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    (b) have handrails that

    • (i) are located on both sides of the stairs,

    • (ii) are located at a uniform height of 860 mm to 920 mm, measured vertically from the leading edge of the tread, and

    • (iii) meet the requirements set out in clause 5.3.1 of CSA B651-18;

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    (c) have tactile attention indicator surfaces that

    • (i) meet the requirements set out in clauses 4.3.5.2(a) and (b), 4.3.5.3.1 and 4.3.5.3.4 of CSA B651-18,

    • (ii) are located at the top of the stairs, and

    • (iii) commence one tread length before the top of the stairs, extend the full width of the stairs and measure from 600 mm to 650 mm in length; and

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    (d) be equipped with lighting that accentuates the steps and handrails.

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Marginal note:Passenger seats

 Passenger seats on a bus must be equipped with

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    (a) movable armrests on all aisle and middle passenger seats;

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    (b) handholds on the back of all aisle passenger seats; and

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    (c) if there are call buttons, call buttons that are

    • (i) tactilely discernible and colour-contrasted with their background, and

    • (ii) operable using minimal force.

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Marginal note:Tactile row markers

 A bus must be equipped with tactile row markers, in raised characters and Braille, that are installed, either permanently or temporarily, on the sides of passenger seats and above the armrests or adjacent to the mechanisms for opening overhead bins.

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Marginal note:Priority seats for persons with disabilities

 The first row of passenger seats on each side of a bus must be designated as priority seats for persons with disabilities and there must be signage that indicates that a person, other than a person with a disability, must vacate a priority seat if the seat is needed by a person with a disability.

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Marginal note:Mobility aid space

 A mobility aid space on a bus must have a clear floor area of at least 1,220 mm by 760 mm.

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Marginal note:Mandatory mobility aid space

 A bus must have at least two mobility aid spaces.

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Marginal note:Storage of mobility aid

 A bus must have a baggage compartment that allows for the storage of at least two mobility aids, each of which weighing no more than 227 kg and having a width of no more than 1,092 mm, a height of not more than 736 mm (with the seat and steering column collapsed) and a length of not more than 2,260.6 mm.

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Marginal note:Passenger safety features cards

 A bus that has any passenger safety features cards available on board must have

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    (a) at least two passenger safety features cards that are in large print and at least two passenger safety features cards that are in Braille; or

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    (b) at least one electronic device that provides passenger safety information in an audio and visual format and permits a person with a disability to adjust the volume of the audio output and the size of the font.

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Marginal note:Window emergency exits

 If a bus is equipped with a window emergency exit, the window emergency exit must be identified by a contrasting colour strip around the perimeter and by tactile and Braille signage.

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Marginal note:Standard washroom

 A washroom on a bus, other than a wheelchair-accessible washroom, must have

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    (a) doors that are equipped with handles, pulls, latches, locks and other devices that are operable using minimal force, with one hand in a closed-fist position, or by another method of operation that does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist ;

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    (b) toilets that

    • (i) are equipped with an automated flush control or a flush control that is operable using minimal force, with one hand in a closed-fist position, or by another method of operation that does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist, and

    • (ii) have a back support if the toilet has no seat lid;

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    (c) faucets that are equipped with

    • (i) handles or other controls that are tactilely discernible, unless the water temperature is fixed to eliminate the risk of scalding,

    • (ii) in the case of non-automated faucets, handles or other controls that are operable using minimal force, with one hand in a closed-fist position, or by another method of operation that does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist, and

    • (iii) in the case of automated faucets, a water activation motion sensor that turns the water on automatically when a hand is below the faucet;

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    (d) grab bars that

    • (i) are located on a wall beside the toilet,

    • (ii) are rounded, slip-resistant and free of any sharp or abrasive elements,

    • (iii) have an exterior diameter and a clearance from the wall surface to which they are attached that permit them to be easily grasped, and

    • (iv) are capable of supporting a minimum weight of 113.4 kg;

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    (e) toilet paper dispensers that are located so as to not interfere with the use of the grab bars;

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    (f) soap dispensers that are operable using minimal force, with one hand in a closed-fist position, or by another method of operation that does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; and

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    (g) at least one call button or other device for signalling an emergency that

    • (i) is colour-contrasted with its background and identified by tactile and Braille signage, and

    • (ii) is operable using minimal force.

 
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