Accessible Transport (Driver and passenger)
Driving provides an important way of getting out and about in your local community. It becomes crucial when other means of transport are hard to access.
Changes in your health can affect your driving. You may also find it harder to get in and out of a vehicle. There is equipment that can help you manage. Contact your local Independent Living Centre to discuss options.
You will need to contact your local traffic authority if driving has been affected. If you want to continue driving with the medical condition/s, a driver assessor will need to assess how safe you are. You can locate an Occupational Therapist driver assessor in your area through Occupational Therapy Australia.
There are legal details to consider if you want to modify your vehicle. Please note that requirements vary from state to state. You may need to:
- Notify the local road traffic authority of any medical conditions that affect driving
- Obey any conditions listed on your licence
- Let your insurance agency know of any modifications to the vehicle
- Make sure modifications follow the Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules
- Get assessed by an Occupational Therapist driver assessor to see if you can continue driving. Being medically fit may not clear you from undergoing this assessment.
Factors to consider
When considering any type of vehicle modification, some general factors to consider include:
- Fit of the modifications to your goals
- Your current and future abilities
- Positioning of modifications to allow access to other controls
- Other users
- Size and type of mobility aid to be used in the vehicle
- Method of securing mobility aid
- Clearance space for mobility aid
This is a general guideline only.
An occupational therapist driver assessor can be found on the Occupational Therapy Australia website
Information about Australian Vehicle Standards and Design Rules is available on the Australian Government website
Your local transport authorities can be found on the Australian Government website