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.
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.
Light vehicle modification regulations apply to all modifications.
Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS)
VOSS provides financial support to eligible people with a disability for:
- a detailed assessment of vehicle modification requirements with a recommendation (prescription) for the best solution
- vehicle modifications, purchase of an already modified vehicle, or a vehicle to be modified to match identified needs
- lessons to learn to drive the modified car.
Successful applicants still need to pay the gap between the subsidy and the full cost of the modifications or purchase price of the vehicle.