“This is paradise. Never, ever have we experienced public transport like this!”
Apart from loving George and enjoying every bit of Garden Route hospitality, foreign participants in the past weekend’s Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) were awed by the accessibility of the GO GEORGE bus service.
“Accessibility for people with special needs is one of the highest priorities in our planning and execution of public transport in George,” said James Robb, GO GEORGE Manager. “Events like the OCC inspires us anew, every year, and we are greatly humbled by the athletes’ positive response to our accessibility features. Our minibuses are the first and still only public transport minibuses in South Africa with this unique electronic hoist. We are very proud of the design which was a joint effort between local municipal and provincial engineers and the designers of the hoist.”
An exhibition of the GO GEORGE minibuses at the departure site of the OCC drew much attention from visitors to George. The standard and midibuses are also equipped with an electronic ramp that is deployed when passengers with mobility challenges board and disembark. These features addressing wheelchair users’ particular needs, are just a part of a variety of features to accommodate passengers with different categories of special needs.