Mobility Bulletin

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Auto Extras in now an Approved Provider for Vehicle Modifications in Queensland. Our Provider Registration Number is 4050005997


An Event not to miss! ATSA Independent Living 2017

Time to mark your dairies! The annual ATSA Independent Expo is on at the Royal International Convention Centre on 24th of May 2017. (RNA on Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills) Don’t miss this expo if you are exploring independent living and transport choices – there are an enormous range of exhibitors here.


We will be at Stand 230 – See you there!


Important update – Hand Control installation and Knee Air Bags

When installing hand controls in a vehicle, the question always comes up for discussion:  What should be done about the knee air bag located under the steering wheel? We cannot install the hand controls over the top of this airbag, and leave it active. It is both illegal and dangerous to do so.

For some time there has been no regulation regarding the disabling of the Knee Air Bar when fitting the manual hand controls. To keep the Knee Air Bag active, a more costly hand control system has to be installed.  This has meant more expense for the client.

We have been in recent contact with Queensland Transport about this and have been informed that the decision regarding the Knee Air Bag regulation has been postponed until December 2017.

At this stage, when we install a set of hand controls in a client’s vehicle, we remove the Knee Air Bag and provide the client with a Letter of Air Bag Relaxation. This outlines the steps we have taken and the outcome of removing the airbag; this is approved by the Queensland Department of Transport.

Please phone 1800 811 626 if you need further clarification on this.


Show and tell!  We have a demonstration vehicle



Auto Extras has a new demo van fitted out with all the best disability driving aids on the market. They include:

  • Fadiel FS2005 Hand Controls
  • Fadiel Satellite Cordless Accelerator (hand grip accelerator)
  • Lodgensons Multi-Function Spinner-Grip (on steering wheel)
  • Turny Evo Seat. A seat that travels out of the vehicle and lowers to transfer height
  • Auto Chair Olympian Hoist (wheelchair stowage assist)

Our demo VW Multivan also has the wheelchair accessible low floor conversion installed. This modification offers full height transportation for wheelchair and client.

We offer the van for one week trial to persons interested in purchasing the modification.

So that covers all the latest news from us here at AUTO EXTRAS   We wish you the very best driving experience possible  and always work hard to help you achieve it!

Kind Regards,

Ian Kearley

Keeping the Challenged Mobile