Funding for vehicle modifications

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If you find it difficult to get in and out of a vehicle because of your disability then you may be eligible for some vehicle modifications.

ACC, the Ministry of Health and the Lottery Board, fund vehicles and/or vehicle modifications for some disabled drivers and passengers. The availability of funding to help buy a vehicle will depend on your financial situation and your circumstances for needing such a vehicle.

There's more information about vehicle modifications on our driving and disabilities page.

Go to Driving and disabilities

If your vehicle modification needs are the result of an injury

ACC may provide funding for people who need a modified vehicle as a direct result of an injury.  Talk to your support or service coordinator about your transport options and how to get the help you need.

Go to ACC Transport information (external website)

If your vehicle modification needs are not injury related

The Ministry of Health may fund vehicle modifications for people who have a long-term disability that isn’t covered by ACC.

  • You will need an assessment with an Occupational Therapist (OT), to decide if you are eligible for funding.
  • The OT must be an EMS vehicle modifications assessor.

How can I get an assessment?

To get a referral to an EMS vehicle assessor (OT) talk to your:

  • Doctor or other health professional
  • District health board, or
  • Needs assessment and service coordination service (NASC).

Go to Vehicle Modifications for Disabled People (external website)

What if I'm not eligible?

Lottery Board funded vehicles, modifications and mobility scooters

Other options such as public transport, mobility taxis and applying for grants from other organisations such as the NZ Lottery Grants board may also be explored by your assessor.

You might be able to apply for the ‘Lottery Individuals with Disabilities’ fund.

This fund provides grants to disabled people for vehicles, vehicle modifications, mobility scooters and other mobility equipment.

Go to Lottery Individuals with Disabilities (external website)

Your local disability information centre can help you complete an application.

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