THE ADAPTATION OF PRODUCTION CARS TO THE NEEDS OF DISABLED PEOPLE

With the introduction of the Mobility Allowance in Britain, there are many more motorists considering the purchase of a car for the first time. However, they represent a small proportion of all motorists and it is inevitable that their special needs will not always be considered in the design of any car model for the general population. Their needs are diverse, but the problems may be considered in terms of the functional handicap of the motorist. The space requirements in vehicles also need to be reconsidered in terms of the anthropometry of the disabed population. MIRA carried out a study on behalf of the National Fund for Research into Crippling Diseases to survey the provision currently made in Britain for conversion of production cars for the disabled. During this study, the important features were identified as access to the vehicle, seating, type and location of controls and storage of wheelchairs. These are discussed in relation to the range of cars available in Britain. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Haslegrave, C M
    • Gazeley, I
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 67-72
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184901
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM