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Above: The video shows how quick and easy it is to use a well designed wheelchair accessible vehicle. The video shows how to secure the wheelchair and its occupant, to ensure their safety while you are driving.

Help, advice & information

At Home Counties, we only sell Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, so we are experts in this field, having seen many different people in many different vehicles. Below are links to information on this page, that we have found to be helpful to other customers. If you need any more advice or information at all, please do not hesitate to contact our staff, who will be delighted to pass on the benefit of their experience.

Measurements of the wheelchair and user to check they will be comfortable in your new car.

Above right: Will your wheelchair fit into the car you have selected? If your wheelchair bound passenger is tall, you will need a vehicle with more head-space and better forward view, otherwise they will spend the journey looking at the car ceiling...

Help choosing the right vehicle

For many of our customers, this will be their first purchase of a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. We have tried to list below some of the information that you may need to help you with your selection:-

  • Dimensions - Will the wheelchair user fit comfortably into the vehicle?
  • The dimensions that you will need to take are:-
  • Wheelchair Width
  • Total Length (from very front of the wheelchair to the very back)
  • Height (from the stop of the head to the floor whilst sitting)

For most wheelchair/vehicle combinations, chair width and length is not a problem. However the different vehicles have different internal heights. The 'showroom' section of this website clearly shows the internal headroom of each vehicle so that you can ensure that it is suitable. Don't forget to leave a little clearance. Generally most vehicles will take a chair width of up to 29ins. Please consult us for advice if your wheelchair is wider than this.

Forward view is important to many people. As a general rule, the taller the wheelchair user the less the forward view. For most customers, we are able to suggest a suitable vehicle, but unfortunately for a few, there may have to be a compromise. However, most people are able to find a vehicle to suit.

VAT

We get many calls about the VAT status of the vehicles. As a general rule, if the vehicle is purchased for the use of a person who uses a wheelchair, the VAT will be charged at 0% i.e. no VAT will be charged. If the vehicle is purchased for a commercial purpose e.g. Private Hire, Taxis etc then VAT will be charged on top of our prices shown at 20%.

Road Fund Licence

You can apply for exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty if:

  • You receive the higher rate of mobility component of Disability Living Allowance;
  • or you receive War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
  • The vehicle must also be registered in the name of the disabled person or the nominee named on the exemption certificate -DLA 404

As a general rule, those of our customers who have become disabled after retirement date, will not receive the Road Fund Licence exemption. Full details are available on DVLA leaflet V188.

To apply for the DLA 404 exemption certificate contact:

Disability & Carer Benefits Directorate
Warbreck House
Warbreck Hill
Blackpool
FY2 0YE

Tel 0845 7123456

The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions primarily for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.

Parking Concessions provided under the scheme

Badge holders are entitled to the following general concessions on-street.

  • Parking free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and "pay and display" on street parking.
  • Exemption from limits on parking times imposed on other users.
  • Parking on yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland.

The scheme does not apply to off-street car parks such as supermarket or local authority car parks.

How to apply:

Local authorities administer the scheme and determine whether applicants are eligible for a badge. If you think you may be entitled to a badge you should apply to the Social Services Department of your local authority.

The following web sites offer useful advice & information:

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Can we be of more assistance?

Please contact us if you would like more assistance.

 

Not sure what is best for you? We have many years' experience helping people find the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. If you'd like to talk to us, please call on 01483 576333.

Alternatively, you can browse our online showroom, through the link below:

 

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