Accessibility

'Local Heroes' receive new MV-1 from Mobility Ventures

Posted on August 11, 2014

A deserving family from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada was awarded a new, universally accessible MV-1 vehicle, made by Mobility Ventures LLC, an AM General Co., after entering the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations’ (NMEDA) National Mobility Awareness Month’s (NMAM) “Local Heroes Contest” earlier this year.

Kyle and Paula Watson, whose twin 14-year old boys — Scott and Ian — have cerebral palsy and use large motorized wheelchairs, won the vehicle through the annual NMAM online contest that includes sharing their personal story with NMAM site viewers who voted to select the finalists.

“Winning an MV-1 through the NMAM ‘Local Heroes Contest’ was truly a dream come true,” said Kyle. “Finding a vehicle to accommodate two very large motorized wheelchairs poses a huge challenge in itself. Now we can go where we want, as a family, together. This will be life-changing for us.”

The shiny black MV-1 was delivered to the Watson family by MV-1 Canada, at an event held at the Toronto Convention Centre.

“This vehicle was designed to open up a world of new possibilities, and that’s exactly what it will do for this wonderful family,” said John Walsh, VP, sales and marketing, for Mobility Ventures. “This vehicle has the space, durability and safety for all their needs. We are proud to support this event and are thrilled for the Watson family.”

The MV-1 is the only vehicle that is “purpose-built” from the ground up for people with disabilities. The MV-1 has a side-entry powered ramp and space for a wheelchair passenger to sit in the front of the vehicle next to the driver, with additional room in back for another wheelchair and extra passengers.

The vehicle also meets all applicable safety standards in the U.S. and Canada for crash-worthiness test as required by both the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards without exceptions or exemptions.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Man says Winnipeg buses still not accessible for vision impaired

Every bus in the fleet is supposed to be equipped with a "Next Stop Announcement" feature that gives a visible and audible announcement about upcoming bus stops, but the the announcements sometimes don't play or are too quiet to hear.

One Call Partners With Lyft to Provide Non-Emergency Transportation

One Call and Lyft have integrated their transportation platforms, creating an active ride management tool that allows users to monitor and confirm transportation in real-time.

Lyft, ALC partner to provide on-demand transport, paratransit

ALC provides health plans and government agencies with wheelchair, gurney, door-to-door and curb-to-curb transportation services.

TriMet extends First Transit paratransit contract

The contractor currently operates 268 vehicles for TriMet’s LIFT paratransit services and manages all scheduling and operations of the paratransit call center.

London, Ontario paratransit drivers demand living wage

The employees are upset about the fact they make slightly more than Ontario’s $11.25 minimum wage while the mayor is promoting a living wage of $15.50 per hour.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close