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