Stanford Coachworks (SCW) has completed the first of 32 wheelchair accessible conversions based on the brand-new Renault Master. The LM35, converted for a large vehicle leasing client, features the redesigned front end, a more spacious and stylish cab and enhanced safety technology.
The metallic silver minibus includes Renault’s new LED headlights, reversing sensors and glazed 180-degrees rear doors. The rear saloon has seven passenger seats, five of which have been made removable to allow for the securing of up to four wheelchairs. All of the M1 tested seats and headrests have been upholstered in a new Camira patterned moquette with wipe clean bases and lower back curve. To ensure the interior theme is consistent throughout, SCW has also reupholstered the driver and front passengers seats.
The SCW floor system is overlaid in heavy-duty non-slip lino and edged with high visibility strips at the side and rear entrances.
For passenger access into the rear saloon, SCW has installed a manual pedal-operated sidestep. High visibility yellow handrails have been fitted to either side of the entrance for assisted entry and exit. The rearmost handrail forms into an upholstered modesty screen.
Wheelchair access at the rear of the Master is via a Ricon internal tail lift. For ease, a wheelchair clamp storage box is fitted to hold any wheelchair restraints.
Lighting in the rear saloon is provided by three LED downlights with a white and blue comfort facility. For additional passenger comfort, rear saloon heating is installed.