What is a WAV? | Motability Scheme

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What is a WAV?

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) are vehicles that are specially converted so a wheelchair user can travel either as a passenger or a driver without needing to transfer out of their wheelchair. Size, shape and design of WAVs will vary depending on the original vehicle that is used for the conversion and the company that converts it.


Is a WAV right for you?

When it comes to deciding if a WAV is right for you – there’s a lot to think about. If you are no longer able to transfer from your wheelchair to a car seat, or if your carer can’t lift you, then a WAV could be the solution. We have over 20,000 WAV customers who value the independence their WAV gives them. However, a WAV might not be right for everyone and you should weigh up the pros and cons.

What are the other options?

There are alternatives available if you don’t feel that a WAV is the right vehicle for you – but it’s important that any vehicle you choose supports your needs now and for the duration of your lease.

If you are able to transfer out of your wheelchair without it causing too much discomfort then a standard car fitted with adaptations may be a better choice. Adaptations such as a transfer plate, person hoist or swivel seat could help improve your access to a car. There is also a wide range of adaptations available that can help you stow your wheelchair or scooter, such as a boot hoist or rooftop stowage box.

Drive From Wheelchair Vehicles (DFWs)

If you would like to drive a WAV yourself , there a few types of vehicle that can be converted to allow this. These vehicles require driving adaptations tailored to suit your individual needs and you will need to get more specific advice. However, it’s important to remember that these vehicles are an expensive option and take much longer to arrive.

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