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tested to meet minimum impact forces of a 20 G, 30 MPH deceleration to simulate a frontal impact on the transport vehicle per the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2249, Wheelchair Tie Down and Occupant Restraint Systems for use in Motor Vehicles. The securement systems shall be labeled that the products meets SAE J2249 standards.

Belt Cutter: The bus shall contain a belt cutter located in the driver’s compartment for use in emergencies, including evacuations. The belt cutter should be of a type that has a handgrip and is designed to eliminate the possibility of the operator or others being cut during use, and should be secured in a location of safekeeping within easy reach of the driver while seated behind the steering wheel.

SUPPORT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES:

The following is recommended by the National School Transportation Specifications & Procedures for support equipment and accessories. It is included here for the information of school districts. The following items are not required to be provided by the body manufacturer unless specified in the Invitation for Bid.

Portable student support equipment or special accessory items shall be secured at the mounting location to withstand a pulling force of five (5) times the weight of the item, or shall be retained in an enclosed, latched compartment. Examples of special items are crutches, walkers, canes, and similar devices. Medical support equipment items are to be secured as specified above. These items include oxygen bottles, ventilators, and other items.

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