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Vehicle modifications

If you have a disability, it may affect your ability to travel in a car. There are a range of modifications that can be made to a car to enable a person with disability to safely drive or travel as a passenger.

Modification types

Vehicle modifications range from minor (e.g. grab bar, swivel seat, postural support or transfer board) to major (e.g. mobility aid hoists, ramps or special steering/braking/accelerator control systems).

To find out more about modifying a vehicle:

  • talk with a driver-trained occupational therapist
  • visit the JobAccess website
  • contact LifeTec on 1300 885 886.

Transport of mobility aids

There are several options to transport collapsible wheelchairs, such as rear-mounted hooks or roof hoists.

Options for transporting a motorised mobility aid (such as a wheelchair or scooter) include ramps, trailers or electrically operated lifters.

The vehicle to be modified will need to be large enough to accommodate the wheelchair or scooter (e.g. a mini van, high-roof station wagon or utility).

It is important to safely secure a mobility aid whenever it is being transported.

Regulations

Light vehicle modification regulations apply to all modifications.

Financial help to purchase or modify a vehicle

Financial help is available for eligibile people with a disability purchase or modify a private vehicle.

GST exemption on car purchases

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) does not charge GST on newly purchased and leased vehicles for people with disability—providing you can produce evidence that your vehicle is necessary for employment, business or long-term study to gain employment. Find out if you are eligible.

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Last updated:
11 April 2014

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