Pony and trap solution provides novel Scottish beach access

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A new iBex wheelchair solution which comprises a trap pulled by a pony is being brought in to allow beach access for disabled people in St Andrews.

A wheelchair user rolls onto the iBex vehicle, which is designed to be suitable for challenging terrain and the iBex is then pulled along by a pony.

The iBex features an instant release safety system and has an ultra low floor, under 200mm, so that the centre of gravity is lower and safer. It also makes loading wheelchairs easy, and with the jack and pulley system, requires no lifting to get a wheelchair into the iBex.

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Wheelchairs are secured with four, 500kg straps and are designed to be totally secure. The iBex is a three wheel vehicle with two non-steering front wheels and a fully castoring off-set rear wheel. This gives the stability of a four wheeler. In spite of its low ground clearance, the bottom of the vehicle is designed to act like a sled, gliding over rough ground.

Meanwhile, PAMIS, an organisation which supports people with disabilities, has installed a Changing Places facility. The Changing Places features adjustable equipment, an accessible toilet and enough room for multiple carers.

Councils and tourism boards hope that investing in solutions like the iBex, beach-accessible wheelchairs and Changing Places facilities will bump business for local firms by increasing tourism.

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