Wheelchair accessible vehicles are changing. From the three-wheeler mobility cars of yesteryear we have developed to modern, stylish wheelchair accessible cars and vans offering convenient wheelchair access, comfort and safety.
Now there's even the option for wheelchair passengers to sit up-front, with Allied Mobility's new range of up front passenger and drive from wheelchair accessible vehicles.
John and Ruth Ross, from Tain near Inverness, recently took delivery of the very first new Peugeot Impulse up-front wheelchair passenger vehicle from Allied Mobility.
This delivery marks a milestone for Allied Mobility in the expansion of its range of wheelchair accessible vehicles, making the new Impulse up front wheelchair car the sixth addition to Allied's market-leading family of mobility cars.
Having owned two wheelchair accessible vehicles previously, John decided to look for a car which would allow his wife, who uses a power chair, to sit upfront beside him. John also wanted a car which didn’t require the use of wheelchair restraints when securing Ruth’s power chair. After discussing a new vehicle with their family, the couple decided to take a look at the new Peugeot Impulse.
John recalls: “It was our son, Iain, who suggested we contact Allied Mobility. Iain was in a wheelchair for a few years after an accident at work and had heard of Allied through Motability. We gave them a call to discuss our options and from there we arranged a demo of the Peugeot Impulse. After the demonstration from our mobility advisor, Neil, it didn’t take long for us to decide this was the car for us!”
Introduced this year, the Impulse is different from Allied Mobility’s other mobility cars in that it allows the wheelchair user to either drive in their wheelchair or sit in the up-front passenger position, allowing Allied to offer wheelchair users more choice and flexibility to suit their daily living needs.
Based on the Peugeot Bipper, Allied's new Impulse has been fully converted to allow wheelchair users maximum independence. With an automatic tailgate and wheelchair ramp, together with a completely flat floor, this stylish and nippy vehicle enables powered wheelchair users to enter the vehicle and secure their power chair without the need for assistance.
“The Impulse is ideal because the locking station removes the need for restraints", comments John. "The automatic tailgate and flat floor also give Ruth more independence when getting in and out of the car, which is great for us.”
John adds: “We were delighted to take delivery of the vehicle! We're already planning a day trip up to Ullapool soon, weather permitting! We’ve been there before but this time we’re looking forward to sitting beside each other as we take in the breathtaking scenery.”
The Peugeot Impulse up front wheelchair passenger car is available to buy direct or for lease through the Motability Cars Scheme. For more information or to arrange a free home demonstration anywhere in the UK call Allied Mobility free on 0800 916 3018, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click Peugeot Impulse here.