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... 27 CHAPTER FOUR EXPERIENCE AND ISSUES RELATED TO THE REAR-FACING SYSTEM CUSTOMER ACCEPTANCE In Europe, rear-facing systems have existed for more than a decade, especially in Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. Consumers who have used the system appreciate the independent use of public transit buses.
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... 28 thus creating a challenge for transit buses. However, the rear-facing design generally offers greater flexibility to accommodate noncommon wheelchairs.
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... 29 • Application of brakes on manual chairs; and the passenger flow in the aisle and restrict maneuvering space for wheelchairs getting into and out of the rear-facing position. For three-wheel scooters it does not provide good protection, because the geometry of the scooter allows for easy sideways tipping, and the position of the fixed stanchion cannot prevent this.
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... 30 TABLE 3 DIMENSIONS FOR BACK PANELS IN SOME CANADIAN TRANSIT SYSTEMS BC Transit Montréal STM Ottawa OC Transpo Total vertical panel height 1295 mm (51 in.)
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... 31 not most, wheelchair passengers will independently use the rear-facing position of the combi design without the securement straps. One of the potential benefits of the rearfacing position will be to accommodate common wheelchairs that are difficult to secure with strap systems.
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... 32 The findings from these various studies need to be compared with the requirements with respect to acceleration forces found in different regulations or standards.

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