Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles From Brotherwood®
The UK's Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Specialists
Brotherwood® have been manufacturing Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles since 1985. Our attention to detail, customer care and commitment to quality mean our ‘WAVs’ carry an excellent reputation across the world. Brotherwood® are regarded as the pioneers of the modern ‘Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle’, changing the perception of disabled transport from conspicuous high-roof vans to discreet everyday passenger cars.
Our accessible cars enable wheelchair passengers to travel in comfort, inclusively and safely; sitting closely with other passengers within the vehicle, with a comfortable ride and good visibility. Our wheelchair-friendly adaptations are discreet and stylish. View our new wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale, or browse our approved used mobility cars. Brotherwood wheelchair passenger cars are also available via Motability, or short or long term hire with variable rental periods.
The Brotherwood® Difference - Engineering to Enable
Explore the unique benefits of a Brotherwood® Wheelchair Accessible Car:
We place emphasis on wheelchair passenger comfort, ensuring that the wheelchair travels in the centre of the vehicle, on a level floor. Sitting centrally within the car creates a smoother ride, with a naturally ergonomic seating position.
The lowered floor and central wheelchair position enables wheelchair users to travel inclusively with family and friends. Up front next to the driver, or between the passenger seats, wheelchair users travel as part of the group.
Each WAV we manufacture is also tested to the highest standards for wheelchair passenger safety, ensuring peace of mind. Even wheelchairs up to 190kg can travel safely. Accreditations include European Type Approval and PAS-2012.
See the Benefits of a Brotherwood® Conversion
Latest Brotherwood News & Press
- January 25, 2018
- Petrol vs Diesel: Which Is Better For a WAV?
With so much coverage of the petrol versus diesel debate in the current news, we are often asked by our clients whether a petrol or diesel powered Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle is better.
The quick answer is, that neither is automatically better than the other - but depending on your driving style, and typical vehicle usage pattern, one may be better suited to your needs than the other.
Let's look at the benefits of petrol and diesel, and discuss how each may suit your requirements when looking for your next WAV.
- November 3, 2017
- Brotherwood Supply Milestone 5000th Accessible Vehicle
Brotherwood, the UK’s leading Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists, reached a historic milestone this summer – converting and supplying their 5000th new WAV to yet another delighted client.
The gleaming Obsidian Black Mercedes-Benz V-Class with Brotherwood’s unique ‘Klastar’ lowered floor conversion was delivered to the Wilkinson family, who can now enjoy comfortable journeys in and around their home town of Southampton and further afield. The Brotherwood conversion enables daughter Sophie to travel inclusively as part of the family, whilst seated in her bespoke wheelchair.
- August 3, 2017
- Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles: Approval & Testing Explained
There are no statistics, records or evidence that people who travel in their wheelchairs are at greater risk than any other motoring passenger. However there are many specific regulations and requirements to ensure that Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) are as safe as possible.
- May 8, 2017
- Brotherwood WAV Event Reaches New Heights
A full-capacity audience recently joined Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Brotherwood to celebrate the launch of their new “Klastar” Mercedes-Benz V-Class WAV at an exclusive unveiling event, hosted by the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
- April 10, 2017
- Changes to VAT Exemption for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
Following a review and a public consultation over the VAT treatment of adapted motor vehicles by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a number of changes were made to the legislation with effect from 1 April 2017. These include the introduction of a limit on the number of vehicles that can be purchased under the relief, with an eligible individual now being able to purchase only one vehicle that meets the qualifying conditions every 3 years.
- February 27, 2017
- The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns
We are pleased to announce that the Brotherwood ‘WAV Weekend’ Event will be returning this April Bank Holiday Weekend, giving you the opportunity to explore and drive the UK's leading range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in one place.
- January 3, 2017
- Coming in 2017: Mercedes-Benz V-Class 'Klastar'
We are pleased to reveal that 2017 will see the launch of our most luxurious Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle ever! We will be offering an exclusive lowered floor conversion of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, complete with remote-controlled powered ramp, power assisted wheelchair restraint system, and our patented self-tensioning restraint system.
The V-Class 'Klastar' conversion will be available with the Mercedes-Benz 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, and a choice of 2 powerful diesel engines.
- July 14, 2016
- Dorset County Council Unveil Brotherwood WAV Fleet
A new fleet of wheelchair-friendly cars has been brought in to help deliver better council services to Dorset’s disabled residents.
Three converted Ford vehicles will be used to transport both older people and disabled children who require special equipment to travel, including wheelchairs.
- June 1, 2016
- Brotherwood Launch Into Space With New Mercedes-Benz WAV
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Brotherwood have recently expanded their incredible range of WAVs to include a unique new conversion of the Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer. Offering a class-leading 60 inches of internal headroom, and 60 inches of entry height, the Brotherwood Ex-i-60 conversion caters for wheelchair users of almost any height.
- May 13, 2016
- Brotherwood Enjoy Busy Showcase at Haynes Museum
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Brotherwood recently enjoyed a busy VIP launch event and WAV showcase weekend at the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
Benefitting from beautiful weather across the April Bank Holiday weekend, Brotherwood invited wheelchair users and their families from across the UK to partake in the museums’ excellent hospitality, explore the amazing displays of over 400 historic cars and motorcycles, and view and test drive the incredible range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles that Brotherwood can offer.
- March 16, 2016
- Brotherwood to Host WAV Showcase Weekend at Haynes International
Looking for a great day out over the April Bank Holiday weekend?
Brotherwood are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle showcase weekend, at the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
- December 4, 2015
- Christmas Opening Hours
Closed from 2.30pm, Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Re-Open from 8.30am, Monday 4th January 2016
Thankyou and Merry Christmas!
- October 13, 2015
- Frequently Asked Questions about Volkswagen Emissions
Over the past few days we have been asked many questions regarding the recent Volkswagen emissions issue. Whilst we ourselves are waiting for clarification regarding this issue, we have assembled the most frequently asked questions here in order to reassure our customers that we are working to resolve any issues that may affect you.
- September 24, 2015
- Community Group Acquire First Electric WAV
A community transport group in Yorkshire has become the first organisation in the country to acquire a ground breaking new fully electric, wheelchair accessible vehicle.
- August 25, 2015
- Joshua Takes a Trip to the Monaco GP in Brotherwood Multipla
Motorsport fan Joshua took a trip to the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, completing the entire journey in comfort in a Brotherwood converted Fiat Multipla.
- August 19, 2015
- SPECIAL OFFER | Free Overnight Hotel Stay For 2
We are fortunate to be located in Dorset, with it’s stunning scenery, beautiful countryside and amazing coastline. For a limited time we will be offering you the chance to experience the area for yourself, with a FREE overnight stay in one of Dorset’s leading accessible hotels.
- July 2, 2015
- Ex-Serviceman Sets Hill Climb Record in Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Nissan
Amid all of the noise and smoke at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a very different type of course record was set, as Lionel O’Connor became both the first, and the fastest person ever to complete the famous hillclimb in a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
In 2006 Private O’Connor was serving with the Royal Anglians in Iraq when his vehicle was caught in a huge explosion, killing two of his colleagues. Lionel was severely injured, losing his left leg as a result. At the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lionel made history to become the very first wheelchair user in the 23 years of the event to complete the iconic hill climb course as a passenger aboard a wheelchair accessible Brotherwood vehicle, piloted by Goodwood regular and former Nissan BTCC racing driver Andy Middlehurst.
- May 28, 2015
- Brotherwood to Exhibit at Goodwood Festival of Speed, 25th – 28th June 2015
Brotherwood are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting a range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for the first time ever at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, from the 25th – 28th June 2015 as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations.
- March 23, 2015
- Go Green With Envy: The UK’s First Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle From Brotherwood®
In 1985 Brotherwood Automobility revolutionized transport for disabled people across the UK, by re-engineering Nissan Prairie to carry a wheelchair seated passenger, whilst blending seamlessly with the other cars on the road - unlike the ‘Pope-mobile’ style conversions prevalent at the time. In turn Brotherwood pioneered a new method of wheelchair accessible vehicle manufacture which has often since been imitated, but never bettered.
30 years later the Dorset-based company has set yet another first for wheelchair passenger transport, teaming with Nissan again with the launch of the Brotherwood Envy: The UK’s first Fully Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, based on the Nissan eNV-200 Combi. The Brotherwood Envy marks yet another milestone for the pioneering company which was also the first to create a wheelchair passenger ‘up-front’ Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), and also the first to achieve Low Volume Type Approval for a wheelchair car conversion.
- March 19, 2015
- Brotherwood Automobility Ltd donate computers to Thornford Primary School
Brotherwood Automobility Ltd, Beer Hackett, recently replaced its computers. Rather than dispose of its former IT equipment it decided to donate it to Thornford Primary School.
The company invited the school children along to the business to collect the donated equipment and learn about technology in the work place.