Last update: 29/07/2005 09:58:45
The main objective is to develop requirements for the design, manufacture, installation and inspection of vehicle adaptations and vehicle conversions for use by disabled people.
The work will be carried out in two stages
Phase 1 - objectives:
.To explore what is currently happening in the car conversion / adaptation industry.
.To determine what the industry, users and other stakeholders would like to see happen in the future as regards approval / regulation
.To explore the current role of inspection / regulatory bodies
.To establish and agree appropriate methodology for phase II
Phase II Objectives:
To use the findings from phase I, the results from the up-dated report on legislative requirements and the results of projects on the safety of vehicle adaptations to develop requirements for the adaptation industry which could be used in regulating the industry and to assess the costs and benefits to key stakeholders.
The project aim is to meet the Department's policy objective of promoting mobility and reducing exclusion, through enabling disabled and older people to travel safely using cars.
In particular it aims to improving the safety and ergonomics of vehicle adaptations and reducing the risk of accident for those changing the method by which they control the vehicle.
University of Sunderland ( AMAP )
School of Computing & Technology, Edinburgh Buidling, Sunderland, SR1 3SD
Cost to the Department: £290,000.00
Actual start date: 01 March 2005
Expected completion date: 31 January 2007