CSA D435:16 (R2021)
Accessible transit buses
Safe transportation is a critical element of full community participation for persons with physical disabilities, and public bus systems are often a critical mode of transportation for these passengers. It is important that transit buses used by transit operations in their routine service be fully accessible.
First published in 2002, this second edition of CSA D435 provides updated requirements that help enable transit operators to integrate persons with disabilities into their normal services. It is designed to complement CSA D436 Accessible Over-the-Road Buses and is also intended to be used in conjunction with standards issued by Transport Canada under the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR).
Highlights of D435:
- Updated to harmonize with latest Transport Canada regulations and standards for transit buses
- Details revised requirements for the design and positioning of mobility aid securement and occupant restraint (MASOR) systems and anchors
- Clearly describes new testing procedures for MASOR systems
- Includes updates to the requirements for physical barriers and padding materials
This is the second edition of CSA D435, Accessible transit buses. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2002.
This Standard provides requirements specific to vehicles used by transit operations in their routine services. It is intended that this Standard be used to enable transit operations to integrate persons with disabilities into their normal services. This Standard is designed to complement CSA D436 which is applicable to over-the-road (inter-city) buses. It is also intended to be used in conjunction with standards issued by Transport Canada under the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
The following are the significant changes made to this edition:
a) design requirements for mobility aid securement and occupant restraint (MASOR) systems (Clause 7.4) have been modified;
b) requirements for the positioning of MASOR systems (Clause 7.3.2) have been modified; and
c) requirements for the anchor points for MASOR systems (Clause 7.3.3) have been modified.
This Standard applies to accessible transit buses, as defined in Clause 3.
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