Driving from a wheelchair: new hi-tech vehicle is a boost for drivers with physical disabilities
Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30
A new vehicle - the first of its kind here - will be unveiled tomorrow so that people with significant physical disabilities can safely learn to drive without leaving their wheelchair.
The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) will officially roll out the new motor and driving tuition service.
It will be known as a the 'Drive from Wheelchair - Tuition Vehicle'.
The important addition to the IWA's driving school fleet means people will be able to learn to drive from their wheelchair, alongside a driving instructor.
While hi-tech advances are usually associated with new and eye-catching cars, it is good, for once, to highlight its use in a manner that can improve people's lives in such a profound way.
The new vehicle is expected to help open up opportunities for many with physical disabilities.
Those who use a power or electric wheelchair will be able to learn to drive in the specially adapted vehicle which, as our pictures show, has a spread of controls and technology designed to help them.
The vehicle is expected to benefit many as it is capable of substantially increasing their level of independence on a day-to-day basis.
As a result it is anticipated that it will help improve opportunities for employment and/or further education.