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Vehicle Assessment

Hand Controls for driving with a disability or medical condition - Drive Med NZ
Wheelchair boot lifter hoist for modified vehicles - Drive Med NZ

Vehicle Assessment

To assess the suitability of your existing vehicle for your medical-related needs.  

Suitable modifications may be discussed and recommended for your vehicle. One outcome may be a mobility van option, for some wheelchair drivers or passengers.   

You may need modifications to allow you to drive, or also help you to stow a wheelchair in the boot of your car.


You may need modifications to travel as a passenger. Wheelchair and any rehab equipment transportation considerations play a part of the assessment too. 

LVVTA certification standards are met.

Vehicle assessments are for medical drivers with a minimum of a learner driver licence or for medical passengers, aged 2-100yrs, having difficulty travelling as a passenger, possibly due to wheelchair or rehab equipment transport needs.

Can I get funding?

For vehicle assessment and vehicle modifications, you may be eligible for Ministry of Health (Enable) and/or Lottery funding.  Or you may be eligible for ACC funding for a Transport for Independence Assessment to determine your transportation needs.

  • Contact Enable on 0800 ENABLE (362253) to find out if you are eligible for a vehicle or vehicle modifications assessment.

  • Contact DriveMed NZ on 027-468-8622 to find out if you are eligible for a Lottery Grant.

  • Contact ACC on 0800 101996 to find out if you are eligible for a Transport for Independence Assessment.

Enable New Zealand logo - funding for vehicle modifications by Drive Med NZ in Christchurch
Lottery Grants Boards logo - Drive Med NZ

What can I expect from a vehicle assessment?

1. Assessment, this may include trialling modification options 

2. Select a suitable vehicle

3. Install modifications

4. Driver rehab and lessons, if required

5. Sign-off Assessment, at a Christchurch vehicle modifiers.

6. Drive away safely and independently, in comfort and with ease

About Your Assessor

Your occupational therapist and transport assessors are based in Christchurch and Dunedin and cover
Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Central Otago.

  • EMS Enable credentialed assessor Vehicle Modifications Levels 1 & 2

  • Driver Trained Occupational Therapist, University of Sydney

  • NZ Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT) and Member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand (OTNZ)

Occupational Therapy NZ logo, as Drive Med NZ is a member
Occupational Therapy Board of NZ logo - DriveMed NZ
Image of New Zealand road - Drive Med NZ vehicle modification assessments in Christchurch

Get in Touch

If you think that you, or a loved one, needs a vehicle assessment please fill in your details here, and you will be contacted. You may also call us on 0274 688 622 or you can call Enable or ACC to find out if you are eligible for funding.

If you are ready to complete a full medical referral click the button below. 

We also have put together information about ACC Referrals. 

Get In Touch
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