The Brotherwood Difference | Engineering to Enable
We have been converting cars for wheelchair passengers since 1985. Over that time we have developed a unique approach to vehicle conversion, one which puts the experience of the wheelchair user first. As a result, Brotherwood conversions stand a class apart for their comfort, inclusivity, safety and ease of use.
Read on to find out more about how, and where, we design and manufacture our unique range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, a creative process we describe as 'Engineering to Enable'.
The Benefits of a Brotherwood® Conversion
We place emphasis on wheelchair passenger comfort, ensuring that the wheelchair travels in the centre of the vehicle, on a flat, level floor. Sitting centrally within the car creates a smoother ride, with a naturally ergonomic seating position. Ensuring that the wheelchair is also positioned with all wheels level gives a much more natural seating angle, offering improved visibility out of the windows.
Our lowered floor also reduces the centre of gravity of the wheelchair passenger. This is extremely important as it greatly reduces the feeling of 'body roll', leading to a much more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Many of our customers comment on how they have felt isolated travelling in other wheelchair accessible vehicles. With a Brotherwood® conversion, 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.
We also aim to provide an equal head-height for able-bodied and wheelchair seated passengers alike; this enables easier conversation and promotes the feeling of inclusivity and wellbeing for the wheelchair user.
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. Check our individual vehicle pages for specific testing information by model.
Brotherwood® pursue and ensure the highest levels of safety are followed across the WAV industry, as a founding member of WAVCA, and also engineer and develop wheelchair restraint systems and test equipment for wheelchair passenger safety under our Hook-i brand.
The Brotherwood® Conversion Process
What Brotherwood® Stands For
Virtual Brotherwood® Factory Tour
Brotherwood conversions are renowned as the highest quality of engineering. Using innovative Google StreetView technology you can now take a tour of our production facilities from the comfort of tour own home! You can navigate with your mouse, and click on the pathways and arrows to virtually travel through our factory. Customers are encouraged to visit our factory in person, where you are welcome to a guided tour of the facility with a member of staff.