Step Catalogue > Accessible Vehicle & Minibus
Long gone are the days when the step on a minibus was an after thought, made from angle iron and ply. AVS changed all that. There are over 30 steps in the AVS range and its worth thinking which one is best for your operation.
Steps, fitting kits and wiring harnesses make up the 3 key elements when deciding which step is best.
Generally, and we do mean generally, the EX and K ranges should be considered first. They are bigger, heavier duty steps designed for vehicles with reasonable ground clearance such as Iveco, Transit, Sprinters, Crafter, Boxer, Ducato,, Maxus, Relay, Master and so on. These vehicles traditionally gets used for minibus and accessible minibus conversion and we have steps and fitting kits for all of them.
The K is the more basic step, the EX a more expensive heavier duty steps with a longer warranty cover and a motor twice the power of the K type.
When looking for a step for accessible vehicles it is worth asking the following key questions and considering your options:
1. What step heights am I aiming to achieve to ensure my passengers safety?
2. Who will be operating the step? The drivers or an attendant or should it be automatic?
3. Should it open and close with the door or be operated on a rocker switch on the dash, or near the step or both?
4. Is ground clearance an issue? Would a slimmer step be best?
5. Is manual handling of the step going to be acceptable? Even if it is foot operated?
6. If foot operated is a sprung loaded step best or a gentle deploy gas sprung step better?
7. What depth of tread are needed? Visible tread depth is particularly important when leaving a vehicle?
8. What width of tread would work best? Perhaps a wider tread would offer an even safer solution. 600mm or 750mm or 1000mm?
9. Foot operated steps only go to 600mm maximum width.
10. Double fold out steps can vary in width to suit the application
11. Would am audible warning as well as a light be useful or necessary?
12. Would a touch sensitive edge be an advantage? Would it protect vulnerable people?
13. Would illuminated step edges or highlighted step edges make a difference, in say poor light conditions?
14. If considering a double fold out step, is it acceptable to block an exit?
15. Would my passengers benefit from a rear fold out step?
16. What hand rails will compliment the step?
17. What level of warranty do I require?
18. What legal requirements do I need to meet?
19. What after sales support will be available to me?
Ensuring even steps heights into a vehicle is the ideal. We usually suggest (and most of our fitting kits will achieve this) that the first step is slightly above half way between the ground and the second step. Generally 9 to 10 inch (230 to 250mm) steps heights are considered a maximum. Sometimes (such as on the Ford Transit Minibus) it pays to keep the new step higher and then raise the height of the existing step well. Easy to do and achieves better ground clearance and step heights.
And of course you can just call AVS and we will discuss these options and provide as much information as you need.
Iris Bus with Power Door and SLE550
Toyota with KM600 - Hong Kong
Ford Transit with D600 and hand rails