Modifying vehicles for special needs
Community service organisations often need to modify vehicles for special needs, for example altering access to accommodate wheelchairs or installing car seat harnesses designed for people with disabilities. The following topics provide information about modification of vehicles including modification of buses.
- Types of modificationsExamples of areas on vehicles that may need to be modified for special needs.
- StandardsModifications must not adversely affect the structural integrity of the vehicle, its handling characteristics or compliance with the relevant standards for registration.
- Disposal of modified vehiclesInformation on disposal of modified vehicles.
- Tax and motor vehicle duty exemptionsInformation about tax and motor vehicle duty exemptions for vehicles modified to transport disabled people.
- Where to obtain modificationsLinks to some suppliers located in Victoria offering vehicle modification services.
- Where to buy modified vehiclesLinks to websites where vehicles modified or designed for special needs are advertised for sale, and providers of vehicles custom-built for special needs.
Staff of organisations funded by the Department of Human Services, Department of Health or Department of Education and Early Childhood Development can access the 'Disability Accommodation Services - vehicle assessment form' from the Resources section of My Agency.
This form is used to assess the needs of residents and staff of DHS-managed disability accommodation when:
- a vehicle is due to be replaced
- residents' transport needs change
- if a bus is to be received for the first time.
Selling and trading in
Information on preparing to sell, and where to sell.
Modifying a bus or van
Information on modifiying vehicles including tax and motor vehicle duty exemptions.
Restraining and transporting wheelchairs in vehicles
Information on restraining a wheelchair in a vehicle, loading a wheelchair into a vehicle, using a wheelchair as a seat in a vehicle, tax and motor vehicle duty exemptions.
Supported by the Community Sector Investment Fund (external link - opens in a new window).