If you wish to stay in your wheelchair because it is
difficult or impossible to transfer you will need to consider
the following points.
Firstly you need to decide if you are able to drive or want to
drive. If you decide that you will be a passenger then:
Some vehicles can be converted to carry a passenger in a
wheelchair. Sometimes the floor is lowered and or the roof is
raised to give more headroom. With most you get in by going up a
ramp into the back of the vehicle, although lifts can be fitted
to some vehicles. Some vehicles have a system which lowers the
back of the van so only a very shallow ramp is needed.
Once in, your wheelchair is clamped into position – usually
behind the front seats although a few vehicles are designed so
you sit beside the driver in front. Make sure you use a seat
belt or restraint as well. From vehicle conversion firms. Around
£12000–£30000+, including the vehicle and conversion.
There are also specially designed wheelchairs which fit in to an
adapted car to become the front seat. This may be a
cheaper option in the long term.
If you want to drive from your wheelchair then this is a very
expensive but not impossible conversion. Some cars and vans can
be adapted so that you can drive them from your wheelchair.
Around £15000 - £25000+ for the vehicle and conversion, plus any
adaptations you need to enable you to drive. If you want an
assessment to find out if you are able to drive and what
equipment you may need, contact a Mobility Centre. The
whole process can be automated with the technologies available.
Motability Scheme (UK)
Driving from wheelchair