299A.12 WHEELCHAIR SECUREMENT DEVICE.
Subdivision 1. General requirements.
Except as provided in subdivision 4, any vehicle used
by an operator to provide transportation service shall be equipped with wheelchair securement
devices which are approved by the commissioner of public safety as meeting the specifications of
subdivisions 1 and 2. A wheelchair securement device shall prevent any forward, backward, or
lateral movement of an occupied wheelchair when the device is engaged and the vehicle is in
motion, accelerating or braking, and shall attach to the frame of the wheelchair without damaging
it. Wheelchair securement devices installed in any vehicle shall be maintained in working order.
Subd. 2. Strength requirements.
The strength requirements for securing the part of a
wheelchair that is forward in the vehicle shall be one-half of those required for the rear. Where the
wheelchair securement device and the seat belt are combined in a common system, those parts
which provide the combined restraining force shall have a combined strength of both according to
the strength requirements of each as adopted by the commissioner of public safety.
Subd. 3. Maximum number of persons transported.
A vehicle used to provide
transportation service shall carry only as many persons seated in wheelchairs as the number of
securement devices approved by the commissioner of public safety as meeting the specifications
of subdivisions 1 and 2 with which the vehicle is equipped, and each occupied wheelchair shall be
secured by such a securement device before the vehicle is set in motion.
Subd. 4. Transit vehicle; rules.
A transit vehicle used to provide transportation services may
be equipped with wheelchair securement devices that may be engaged and released by the user
or the user's assistant. The commissioner of public safety shall adopt rules as necessary to set
standards for the operation, strength, and use of these wheelchair securement devices.
History: 1978 c 752 s 2; 1989 c 204 s 5; 1991 c 163 s 2,3