NHTSA Assists Disabled in Using Adapted Vehicles

February 3, 2000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled its first ever consumer brochure to help persons with disabilities in the market for an adapted vehicle to take advantage of new technology to increase their mobility.

More than 35,000 copies of the 13-page full-color booklet, known as “Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities,” will be distributed free of charge in the booklet’s first printing. The brochure has also been posted on NHTSA’s web site, http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov .

“This new brochure will help more Americans with disabilities navigate the often confusing process of acquiring and using adapted vehicles safely,”‘ said acting NHTSA Administrator Rosalyn G. Millman.

The booklet, released today at the ninth annual conference of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, provides a step-by-step process to help consumers evaluate their needs, select the right vehicle and choose a qualified dealer to modify the vehicle.

It also assists those who need training to use and maintain an adapted vehicle. In addition, general information is included on cost savings, licensing requirements and organizations to contact for help. While the brochure focuses on drivers of modified vehicles, each section also contains suggestions for those who transport passengers with disabilities.

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