When you say Wheelchair accesible vehicle or disabled car many people think of the old Invacar....The old style invalid carriage has been legally off our roads since 31st of 2003 when it was banned due to saftey concerns.
Known by the generic name Invacar it wasn't the type of car to inspire envy it wasn't really much of a car as such at all! with its single seat and fiboglass shell they served a much needed purpose after the war when they were rolled out by the NHS they had tillers instead of a wheel and a single high up seat and plenty of room to store a folding wheelchair.
They were seen as Mobility aids by the goverment many believed rather than cars though and this is what lead to them being considered unsafe for the roads The Scheme closed in 1976 with a staggering 21,500 invacars around the country since the scheme closed and they were banned there have been new initiatives to help people with limited mobility to have access to transport and now 600,000 people in the uk take part in the motability scheme and have claimed mobility allowence.
The advances in disabled cars has been rapid amd they are now able to cater to a much wider variety of needs and a wider range of adaptions can be made these include
*a steering ball instead of wheel for one hand steering
* left foor acceleration
*strengthened suspension to accomodate power chairs
*Raised roof or lowering floor to allow extra height for wheelchairs
*Side and Rear access
*" Push Pull" hand controls, push to brake, pull to accelerate
Many more are available and assesments are available to test what requirements work for you.
A word of caution when purchasing a WAV
is many people opt for the smallest car they can often to help with manoueverability and parking but also fuel economy but due to the nature of many adaptations the fuel tank often has to be relocated or reduced in volume to accomodate them it is always best to discuss this at the time of purchase or conversion as it may reduce the distance you can travel on a tank of make the fuel gauge unreliable. the Smaller the wav the less room you will have also for carrying additional equipment so it is a good idea to take any equipment you travel with often to view the car to test that it fits. Where can you find a good WAV? well if you were looking in the Gloucester area for example good online searches to try would be "disabled cars south west" or "Disabled cars wales"
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