Wheelchair accessible vehicles
Owners of suitable on-demand rank or hail (taxi) vehicles may equip their vehicle with modifications to increase transport options for people with disability.
Wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) modifications
A wheelchair accessible vehicle used to provide an on-demand passenger transport service must comply with:
- AS/NZS 3856.1:1998, Hoists and ramps for people with disabilities Vehicle mounted, Part 1: Product requirements;
- AS/NZS 3856.2:1998, Hoists and ramps for people with disabilities Vehicle mounted, Part 2: Installation requirements;
- AS/NZS 10542.1:2015, Technical systems and aids for people with disability Wheelchair tiedown and occupant-restraint systems, Part 1: Requirements and test methods for all systems; and
- The provisions of Part 9 of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 as they apply to taxis.
Copies of these Standards are available for viewing at the Department of Transport, On-demand Transport, 20 Brown Street, East Perth, WA 6004.
The installation of hoists, ramps, tiedowns and occupant-restraint systems are complex vehicle modifications which require approval. Details how to seek approval can be found on the Modify or construct a vehicle page.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant
To help increase accessible transport options for people with disability, each year the Department of Transport (DoT) provides grants of up to $15,000 to assist eligible operators with the cost of installing a wheelchair hoist and restraint systems in a wheelchair accessible on-demand rank or hail (taxi) vehicle.
Expressions of interest (EOIs) are now being taken from authorised on-demand rank or hail (taxi) passenger transport drivers seeking a Rank or Hail Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant (WAVMG).
If you are driving primarily in the Levy area and wish to submit an EOI for the WAVMG, you must have an association arrangement with DoTs dedicated Multi-purpose Taxi Dispatch Service (currently Black & White Cabs, trading as BWC MPT). If you primarily drive in a regional area, you do not have to have an association arrangement with any particular on-demand booking service.
To express interest in the WAVMG, complete the ODT134: Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant Expression of Interest form (below) and submit via email to On-demand Transport by 5.00pm, Friday 19 November 2021.
EOIs will be assessed based on the merit of the driver and other factors outlined in the EOI documentation. Successful EOIs will be contacted by DoT and invited to apply for the WAVMG.
There are a limited number of grants available please note that submitting an EOI does not mean that you will be successful in receiving the WAVMG.
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