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NHTSA Unveils New Brochure to Help Those with DisabilitiesSeeking Use of Adapted VehiclesThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSAunveiled its consumer brochure to help persons with disabilities in the market for an adapted vehicle to take advantage of new technology to increase their mobility President Clinton and Vice President Gore are committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities so they can take advantage of the great bounty of opportunities in America Secretary Slater said This new brochure is an important step in helping persons with disabilities to gain greater freedom to get where they need to go More than 35000 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 booklets first printing The brochure has also been posted on NHTSAs web site httpwwwnhtsadotgov 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 first released today at the ninth annual conference of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association NMEDA 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 There are more than 380000 vehicles on the road today that have been specially adapted with new technology to afford greater mobility to persons with disabilities Such equipment includes mechanical and powered hand controls for gas and brakes joystick steering wheelchair lifts and low- effort braking systems Copies of the booklet will be distributed free of charge through NHTSAs partnerships with such key organizations
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