Understanding State Regulations
Your brakes are one of the most important safety elements of your vehicle. Any brake modifications, such as mechanical and electronic hand-controlled brakes, are tested for performance and ease of use to the driver.
All of the hand controls we install are designed for low-fatigue operation, and we have a number of options available to suit different abilities. Left foot accelerators may also be installed in automatic transmission vehicles for those with limited or no use of their right leg.
Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) like knee airbags can be disabled or modified, provided that there is not an alternative suitable option and that it does not interfere with any other parts of your vehicle’s SRS. This can be a great solution for drivers who cannot reach standard foot pedals.
Mounting rigs for any other SRS, like four-point wheelchair restraints and three-point passenger seatbelts, are also subject to stability, strength and safety testing.
Signage must be attached to your vehicle to ensure that yourself, anyone else operating your vehicle, and other drivers on the road are aware that modifications have been made. The requirements for signage are outlined on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
We pride ourselves on tailoring modifications to accommodate the needs of each client. Occasionally, customised solutions for disability vehicles may fall outside the scope of the government’s approved codes of practice. In this instance, prior to making any modifications, our team are happy to help guide you through the process and technical details required to apply to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Once your vehicle has been modified, it’s essential you test it to ensure it’s easy to use and suits your needs. Our team can assist both drivers and passengers to ensure you have the ongoing training you need to feel confident on the road. We can also provide recommendations for trustworthy servicing and maintenance of your disability modifications.
For a full overview of light vehicle modification, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website, specifically sections LC3—Vehicle controls for persons with a disability (Design) and LC4—Vehicle controls for persons with a disability (Modification), which pertain to the modification of light vehicles.
We’re here to help answer any questions you may have about modifying disability vehicles. Contact our team of experts today by phoning 1800 811 626, or fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.