Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant

The Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant (WAVMG) provides grants of up to $20,000 to assist with the cost of purchasing and installing wheelchair hoist and restraint systems in wheelchair accessible on-demand rank or hail (taxi) vehicles.

The WAV Modification Grant is part of the Department of Transport (DoTís) commitment to enabling safe, accessible and efficient movement for the economic and social prosperity of Western Australia.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the 2023/2024 WAV Modification Grant have now closed. Successful EOIs will be contacted by DoT to apply for the grant.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for the grant, you must have submitted a successful EOI to DoT. 

As an applicant, you must meet the below eligibility requirements.

  • The grant can only be used for vehicles that hold a passenger transport vehicle (PTV) authorisation in the rank or hail category.
  • If you have received a WAV Modification Grant in the last five years, you are not eligible to apply for another grant for a vehicle with the same Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  • You must be able to demonstrate ownership, or consent from the owner, of the vehicle that is to be modified. 
  • You must have obtained a written quote from an engineer accredited modification specialist for the modifications to be made to the vehicle. 
  • If you operate within the defined Perth Metropolitan Area, you must have and maintain an association arrangement with DoTís contracted WAV-dedicated taxi booking service (currently Black & White Cabs).

Application process

All WAVs must comply with the WAV standards as outlined in the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2020. Before you apply, please learn more about WAV standards on the Wheelchair accessible vehicles page.

Once DoT has notified you that your EOI was successful, you can apply for the WAV Modification Grant. To apply, please complete the following steps. 

  1. Select a vehicle re-fitter and obtain a quote for the WAV modifications.
  2. Submit an application form, supporting paperwork and signed Deed Poll document to ondemandtransport@transport.wa.gov.au.
  3. Have your nominated vehicle re-fitter conduct the required vehicle modifications.
  4. Present the vehicle at an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) for a vehicle inspection
  5. Obtain a PTV authorisation in the rank or hail category for the vehicle (if not already done).
  6. DoT will provide payment to the vehicle re-fitter for modification.

Step 1: Select a vehicle re-fitter and obtain a quote

Once you have confirmed your ability to purchase a new vehicle that complies with the WAV standards as outlined in the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2020, you will be required to obtain a written quote from an engineer accredited modification specialist for the purchase and installation of a wheelchair hoist and restraint systems. Your vehicle re-fitter may be able to assist with this.

It is important that you obtain a quote before making grant application as a copy of the quote will be required as part of your application submission.

Step 2: Submit an application form

The ODT124: WAV Modification Grant Application Form must be completed in full, and then submitted with supporting paperwork and signed Deed Poll to ondemandtransport@transport.wa.gov.au.

The application will ask for:

  • your personal details;
  • the VIN and registration details of your prospective vehicle;
  • details of your preferred vehicle re-fitter and a written quote from them; and
  • evidence of your association arrangement with the metropolitan WAV-dedicated taxi booking service (currently Black & White Cabs) if you intend to operate primarily in the Perth and Peel areas; or
  • evidence of your association arrangement with an authorised on-demand booking service if you intend to operate primarily outside the Perth and Peel areas.

DoT will review your application for accuracy and completeness before emailing an approval containing your unique grant number.

Before the next stage, you must have purchased the prospective vehicle.

Step 3: Vehicle modifications

Once DoT has approved the grant application, a copy of your grant approval will be emailed to:

  • you; and 
  • the preferred vehicle re-fitter undertaking the modifications. 

Your vehicle must be submitted to the re-fitter for modification by Sunday 31 March 2024. If you are unable to meet this timeframe, please contact DoT as soon as possible.

If you intend to use a different re-fitter to the one nominated on your application form, you must:

  • obtain a written quotation from the new vehicle re-fitter as soon as possible; and 
  • contact DoT to obtain a new grant number. 

This will delay the grant payment process.

Step 4: Vehicle inspection

Once the vehicle re-fitter has completed the modifications, your vehicle must be inspected at an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) or Vehicle Examination Centre. DoT will be informed if your vehicle passes the inspection.

Step 5: Obtain a PTV authorisation in the rank or hail category

When your vehicleís modifications are complete and it has passed inspection, you can apply for a PTV authorisation in the rank or hail category, if not already done so, via DoTDirect.

During the PTV authorisation application process, you must nominate the vehicle as a WAV. If you do not do this, claims for wheelchair TUSS jobs and/or co-payments will not be paid.

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Once the PTV authorisation application process is complete, a plate collection letter will be generated (if the vehicle does not already have taxi plates), allowing you to collect your taxi plates.

Visit Apply for a PTV authorisation: OD-RH (taxi) for more information.

Step 6: Payment to the vehicle re-fitter

Once all required documentation is received, DoT will pay the $20,000 directly to your preferred vehicle re-fitter. The vehicle re-fitter will invoice you for the cost of modifications minus the $20,000 grant. You will be required to pay this invoiced amount directly to the vehicle re-fitter.

Grant conditions

  • The Grant is only payable for: 
    • New WAV equipment. Second-hand equipment and/or partial installations are ineligible for this grant. 
    • A vehicle intended to operate as a WAV, and which meets all the criteria to be authorised as a PTV in the on-demand rank or hail category. 
    • Hoists, restraints, WAV equipment and modifications which comply with the WAV requirements prescribed in Regulation 18 of the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2020
    • Payment of the Grant is subject to approval of an application submitted in accordance with these policies and procedures. 
  • The Grant is not provided for replacement of damaged or worn equipment. WAV operators are expected to plan for maintenance costs or break down of the equipment and insurance cover for accidental damage. 
  • The Grant will only be paid where the eligible applicant provides: 
    • a declaration undertaking to apply for or having obtained a PTV authorisation in the on-demand rank or hail category for the modified vehicle; 
    • a signed Deed Poll provided within the application form; 
    • certification from the vehicle re-fitter that the vehicle meets the standards prescribed in the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2020; and 
    • where the operator will operate in the Perth Metropolitan Area, evidence of an association arrangement with DoTís WAV-dedicated taxi booking service (currently Black & White Cabs); or 
    • where the operation of the WAV will be primarily outside the Perth Metropolitan Area, evidence of an association arrangement with an authorised on-demand booking service for that vehicle. 
Page last updated: Mon Sep 4 2023 10:37:28 AM