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 wheelchair 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 vehicles are discreet and stylish. View our new wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale, or browse our approved used mobility cars. Brotherwood wheelchair cars are also available via Motability, or short or long term hire with variable rental periods.
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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.
Although our conversion process is extensive, our wheelchair passenger vehicles blend discretely with unadapted cars on the road. Take a look at our manufacturing process, and see what goes into making a Brotherwood wheelchair adapted car.
Brotherwood design unique, market leading new Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, exclusively for wheelchair passengers.
Our wheelchair car conversions are tested stringently, to achieve standards such as European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
Before wheelchair conversion work can begin, we remove the vehicle interior trim, seats, carpets and doors, and store them to protect against damage.
New cars are prepared mechanically in order to enable our conversions to offer the maximum amount of interior space for wheelchair passengers.
We fabricate a lowered floor panel for each vehicle, plus a fuel tank and exhaust system, in-house from our own design. By redesigning these components we can engineer a longer, lower, flatter floor.
We fit a custom-made lowered floor panel, exhaust, fuel tank and counterbalanced ramp to each wheelchair accessible vehicle, to offer a comfortable and inclusive wheelchair passenger location.
Our factory incorporates high-quality paint facilities, where we can colour match replacement body panels such as bumper caps to the manufacture's original paint specification.
The interior of a Brotherwood WAV is trimmed to original manufacturer specification, our seamlessly integrated wheelchair passenger conversion at the centre of it.
We pride ourselves on our quality of work and every Brotherwood WAV is thoroughly checked to ensure that it will exceed our customers' expectations.
Brotherwood demonstrate and deliver Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles nationwide, carefully explaining best practise for safely loading and securing a wheelchair user.
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Latest Brotherwood News & Press
- October 29, 2019
- Using Your Brotherwood® WAV: Easy Powered Loading with PAWRS
Brotherwood® Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) can be fitted with PAWRS, a Power Assisted Wheelchair Restraint System, for fast, effortless loading of wheelchair and passenger.
PAWRS is a remote-controlled - no pushing required, simply connect the wheelchair and for effortless loading of combined wheelchair and passenger weights up to 250kg at the press of a button.
This video demonstrates best practice when using your PAWRS device to quickly, easily and safely load your Brotherwood® WAV.
- September 27, 2019
- The 5 Benefits of a Lowered Floor in a WAV
Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) are fitted with a unique low-floor (sometimes referred to a a dropped-floor) design that creates several benefits for the wheelchair user when travelling.
Let's take a look at the main advantages of this type of wheelchair access conversion.
- September 19, 2019
- World-renowned Robotics Expert chooses Brotherwood
It was an exciting day this week as we had the pleasure of delivering a new Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle to Dr Peter Scott-Morgan.
Peter is a world-renowned roboticist and artificial intelligence expert who upon being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2016, set in motion a plan to become the world's first 'cyborg' - assimilating technology into his body in order to not only survive but thrive!
- June 13, 2019
- The Covers Are Off
NEW PRODUCTS REVEALED AT THE 2019 BROTHERWOOD WAV SHOW
In case you missed it - the 2019 Brotherwood WAV Show took place between Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th June at Haynes International Motor Museum, attracting hundreds of guests across all three days as we unveiled some exciting new products for the very first time.
- March 19, 2019
- The New Face of Big Space
The UK’s Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Brotherwood have kicked off a big year of exciting product launches with the release of the new 2019 Ford Tourneo Connect.
A compact, modern vehicle, the Brotherwood “C’Arete 2” conversion answers client demands for a large amount of space in a small vehicle – the unique Brotherwood low, flat, level floor conversion creating up to 59 inches of internal headroom; enough for even tall wheelchair users to travel comfortably, with plenty of space and good visibility out of the windows. The feeling of space and light is further increased by Ford’s large Panorama sunroof, which floods the interior with natural daylight.
- February 12, 2019
- Finance Packages now Available for Brotherwood WAVs
Previously it has been difficult, restrictive and complicated to arrange finance for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles.
However we are pleased to be able to offer our clients the choice to own your Brotherwood® Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle outright via a flexible finance agreement. Our specialist finance provider, Evolution Motor Finance, can arrange affordable finance for your vehicle, with the most suitable agreement for your circumstances.
- January 18, 2019
- WAV Weekend 2019 Dates Announced
Save the date for the only event dedicated to Special Purpose Vehicles for wheelchair users: The Brotherwood WAV Weekend gives you the opportunity to explore, test and drive the UK’s leading range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, all in one place. Discuss your mobility needs with expert advisors, see the latest products, and enjoy hospitality courtesy of Europes’ largest and most prestigious motor museum.
- December 18, 2018
- Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas
Christmas Greetings from all at Brotherwood
We would like to wish all of our clients, suppliers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
PLEASE NOTE OUR CHRISTMAS CLOSING TIMES:
CLOSED FROM 13.00 on Monday, 24th December
RE-OPENING 8.30 on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019
- December 5, 2018
- Stay Safe This Winter with our Winter Driving Tips
Winter is a busy time of year on the roads; with more people than usual travelling to visit friends and family, or pick up their Christmas shopping. With extra traffic, dark evenings and wintery conditions, it pays to take a little extra time preparing for your journeys this December.
- August 30, 2018
- Important News for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Owners
Brotherwood® have been campaigning for years for more stringent safety checks for critical wheelchair and passenger restraint systems, which are crucial for the safe transportation of wheelchairs and their users, and so we welcome these new regulations which ensure that your vehicle can continue to safely serve your needs for years to come.
- June 1, 2018
- Brotherwood Reveal Klastar Long
Over the May bank holiday, hundreds of wheelchair users, their families, carers and occupational therapists were in attendance at the exclusive Brotherwood WAV WEEKEND event, held at the amazing Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset, to witness the reveal of their latest development:The new Brotherwood Klastar Long, Brotherwood's newest wheelchair-accessible iteration of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
- March 15, 2018
- The Brotherwood WAV Weekend 2018
This May, the UK's Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Brotherwood® return to the fabulous Haynes International Motor Museum, giving you the unique opportunity to see, explore and try out their outstanding range of Accessible Vehicle solutions under one roof.
- 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.