AVH commits to minimum requirements for adapted and wheelchair-accessible vehicles
The firm has separated requirements into primary and secondary categories, with vehicles having to meet all of the primary requirements and as many of the secondary requirements as possible to be considered for the fleet.
Primary requirements include rear parking sensors and electric windows. Secondary requirements include cruise control, push button ignition, Bluetooth, secondary steering wheel controls (eg stereo), parking brake button, automatic boot and electric seats.
In addition to these requirements, AVH is also continuing its practice of checking the vehicle against the Ricability database to ensure that it provides the best possible space for wheelchair stowage and that it is suited to transfers to and from a wheelchair.
Managing director Lorraine Farnon said: 'Our goal is to ensure that we continue to provide, on a national basis, the highest standards of care and attention in delivering adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles for use by the disabled community.
'Too often disabled people are not provided with the professionally adapted vehicles they need, and in many instances to which they are entitled. Yet there is no need for this to be the case and AVH aims to be at the forefront of changing this situation.'