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Adapted automobile

Mutual Aid Amputee Foundation conference attendees examining hand controls.[1]

An adapted automobile is an automobile adapted for ease of use by disabled people. Automobiles, whether a car or a van, can be adapted for a range of physical disabilities.


  • Hand controls 1
  • Wheelchair access 2
  • Financing 3
  • Rental 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Hand controls

Foot pedals can be raised, or replaced with hand-controlled devices. Automotive handicap hand controls make it possible to adjust the acceleration as well as apply the brakes, in a similar way regular foot pedals,[2][3] The hand controls are being tested using SAE guidelines for Automotive Adaptive Driver Controls, which mandates weather exposure, vibration, and cycle testing.[4]

Automatic transmission and ergonomic adaptations, such as a lumbar support cushion, may also be needed.[5]

Wheelchair access

A wheelchair-adapted taxi in Cheltenham, UK.

Wheelchair lifts, ramps or hoists, may be customized according to the needs of the driver.

A transfer board or seat lift facilitate the transfer from the wheelchair into the vehicle.[6]


Generally, the more limiting the disability, the more expensive the adaptation needed for the vehicle. Financial assistance is available through some organizations, such as Motability in the United Kingdom, which requires a contribution by the prospective vehicle owner. Motability makes vehicles available for purchase or lease.[7] When an employee with a disability requires an adapted car for work use, the employee does not have to pay for a "reasonable adjustment" in the United Kingdom; if the employer is unable to pay the cost, assistance is offered by government programs.[8]


A challenge for mobility-impaired drivers is renting a vehicle when they travel. Organizations that specialize in

  • Handicap Hand Control Kits.
  • Carospeed hand controls
  • Veigel hand controls
  • Kenguru car: instant cruising for the disabled
  • Safety
  • Wheelchair stowage
  • Stowage systems for wheelchairs

External links

  1. ^ Less than four blog Amputee Social Network
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  3. ^ Veigel hand controls
  4. ^ Sept 2009.Paraplegia News "Hand control testers needed" by Gale Cengage
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See also

[10] businesses, however, it is advisable for drivers with disabilities to reserve a car well in advance of rental In France, adapted cars with hand-controls are available from leading [9]

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