Types of WAV’s
The types of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles available from Brook Miller Mobility can be split into the below groups depending on the type of wheelchair access:
Lowered Floor WAV’s
Also known as a Centro layout, the Centro has a lowered floor with a rear ramp to provide easy wheelchair access into the vehicle. Our Fiat Qubo and Volkswagen Caddy WAV’s are only available in the Centro layout, but many of our other vehicles come with a choice of lowered floor or rear tail lift conversions.
The entrance height access dimensions of a Centro layout are often greater than a rear tail lift due to the lowered floor so are a particularly good choice for taller wheelchair users or those who have high wheelchairs.
Depending upon the type of wheelchair you have, you may want to discuss having a winch fitted to a Lowered Floor vehicle which can help you with access. A winch is a motorised cable that is attached to your chair and pulls the chair into the vehicle. However, most powered wheelchairs will be able to get up the ramp without any extra equipment. We will check whether a winch is recommended during your home demonstration.
With manual ramps, someone must undo the ramp from the safety latch, unfold and lower the ramp to the floor. The ramps we fit at Brook Miller Mobility are lightweight and easy to use. However, it is important to consider whether the person who you are travelling with will be able to manage this task both now and for the duration of your Motability lease, or future of the vehicle if you are making a private purchase. Alternatively, we can fit an automatic ramp which is operated via remote control, this is normally fitted in conjunction with an automatic tailgate although this is not always required, this can again be assessed during your home demonstration.
Rear Tail Lift WAV’s
A Rear Tail Lift WAV can offer greater independence for access as there is no incline to push the wheelchair up and are operated by remote control.
They require less effort than a rear manual ramp which may be a good option if your carer struggles to bend or lift and can help future proof the WAV for the term of your lease if this is a concern.
Having a rear tail lift is dependent on the entry height a wheelchair user needs but does give you the advantage that the floor of the vehicle is not adapted which makes it the perfect conversion for an internal transfer or drive from vehicle as the floor is fully flat.
Side Lift WAV’s
Often the ramps and lifts are fitted are the rear of the vehicle, however, we can also provide wheelchair access via a side lift.
Side lift has a great benefit that it puts a wheelchair user in the centre of the vehicle, which can be a preferred option depending upon personal circumstances.
A side lift may also be chosen for example if your driveway does not have space for rear access, however, you may find it more difficult to find a suitable parking space when out and about.
With the above information in mind, we know there is a lot to think about when selecting your WAV vehicle, however, Brook Miller Mobility is here to help, please contact us with any questions or read our FAQ’s below.
Wheelchair Passenger or Driver Solutions
Brook Miller understands that no two people are the same and all require personalised options. However, to help you with your journey to finding your ideal WAV our new vehicles fall into 2 main types. The vehicle conversion and/or controls will be designed around these 2 scenarios.
1. The first is where the wheelchair user is a rear passenger of the vehicle
Brook Miller has a wide range of wheelchair accessible vehicles where the wheelchair user is a rear passenger in the vehicle. Which option is best will depend upon the size and type of vehicle you are looking for.
If you are looking for a small WAV the Fiat Qubo is a very popular option as it is the smallest WAV vehicle in our range, making driving, parking and access as easy as possible. It also comes with low advanced payments through the Motability scheme.
There are lots of options in the Volkswagen Caddy range, with various size and layout options.
If more space is required, you may find our larger WAV’s best meet your needs.
Where more than 1 wheelchair position is required please take a look at the Renault Master, Volkswagen Caravelle / Shuttle or Renault Trafic. Use the links below to view a range of optional seating layouts.
2. The second is where the wheelchair user is the driver of the vehicle
The wheelchair driver solution options are available in the VW Shuttle with options including a drive from position, where the wheelchair user is the driver of the vehicle driving from their wheelchair which is securely locked in place in the driver’s position.
We also offer an upfront passenger solution for the wheelchair user where their wheelchair is fixed in the passenger position.
Another option for a wheelchair user to be the driver of the vehicle is an internal transfer when the driver is able to transfer between their wheelchair and the driver’s seat. A 6-way seat can be fitted to ensure easy transfer and the wheelchair is locked in place for safety.
As we also offer a full range of vehicle control and driving adaptions, we can offer you a completely bespoke solution that gives you full control. At your home demonstration, our driving assessors can help make recommendations for this.
We understand you may have a lot of questions before ordering your new wheelchair accessible vehicle, especially if it is your first time using the Motability Contract Hire Scheme.
Below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions. However, if the answer to your question is not below please contact us.
What is the best Wheelchair Accessible vehicle?
There is no single answer to this question, every single person has unique needs and circumstances. That’s why at Brook Miller Mobility everything we do is bespoke around your needs, including helping you choose the right base vehicle to start with.
What is a wheelchair accessible vehicle?
In simple terms, it’s a vehicle that has been modified to allow a wheelchair user to travel in the vehicle in their wheelchair. Here at Brook Miller Mobility, we can supply a basic access solution right up to complex wheelchair driver’s solutions.
How much does it cost to make a wheelchair accessible vehicle?
The cost involved is in two parts – the base vehicle and the conversion. The overall cost is, of course, specific to the vehicle chosen and conversion required.
What is the Motability Scheme?
The Motability scheme has been in operation since 1978 and was created to help the disabled get around and remain active and as independent as possible. Providing easy and affordable access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle that is specifically built around the wheelchair users’ exact requirements.
What is an IVA test?
Every single vehicle we convert goes for a rigorous inspection and test with the government organisation VOSA. This inspection and test looks at every aspect of the vehicle to ensure its design and build is in line with all legislation and safety requirements. A pass is required to register the vehicle.
How do I maintain my wheelchair accessible vehicle?
As with any vehicle, your conversion needs looking after. Our Motability customers benefit from a free of charge annual visit to inspect and maintain the conversion, allowing preventative maintenance to take place ensuring the reliability of your vehicle. This service is also available to private purchase at minimal cost
Is there any financial assistance available?
Motability advance payments can run into thousands of pounds for a converted vehicle. Motability recognise that this isn’t always affordable for everyone who needs a converted vehicle, so they have a charity arm that awards grants to cover the cost of advance payments and additional adaptations to eligible customers.
What if I need help after delivery?
At Brook Miller Mobility, we understand you need time to try out your new vehicle in the real world. With this in mind, we will arrange to come out and see you within the first 4 weeks after delivery. On this visit, we will discuss how your vehicle is working for you and support you if any changes are required. This is a free service to all of our customers, Motability, and private purchase.
Who do I contact for help and support?
Due to the complexity of wheelchair accessible vehicles, there are many people involved, from the base vehicle manufacturer, Motability, insurance companies, conversion companies and more. At Brook Miller Mobility we understand this can be a difficult thing to navigate so we will always be here to act as a central point of contact. If you need any help during the life of your vehicle, then give us a call and we will ensure the right people are on hand to help.