INCENTIVES FOR DRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE: DISABLED PEOPLE AND CARS - ECMT SEMINAR, PARIS, 12-13 APRIL 1988

This article describes the facilities and some legislation available to help the disabled person to drive in the United States. Financial aid for the purchase of vehicles and their adaption has been provided for service men and women by the veteran's association (Va) since the second world war. It wasn't until the 1970's that such aid became available to the private citizen, through either the state vocational rehabilitation (vr) agencies, or, if the person was injured at work, the workers compensation fund. The vr only helps those people with high employment potential. The disabled person must undergo a comprehensive driving evaluation by a qualified medical professional prior to being released for driving. Comprehensive written evaluation on vehicle and equipment needs is also required. The size and scope of the driving programme varies across the country and there is a severe shortage of qualified professionals to provide such evaluation. The association of driver educators for the disabled (aded) provides training and certification to ensure that assessors and instructors are properly qualified. The vr and Va also offer their own training programmes. A subcommittee has been set up within the society of automotive engineers to develop standards for driving aids equipment such as hand controls. Product liability insurance is being investigated by the mobility equipment manufacturers organisation (memo), and most states have statutory laws that prevent insurance companies from discriminating against the disabled driver. (TRRL)

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  • Pagination: p. 49-53

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  • Accession Number: 00491601
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 92-821-1127-X
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM