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Ramps for getting a wheelchair into a car

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Ramps are a comparatively cheap way of getting a wheelchair or mobility scooter into a car. You just need good dexterity and a large enough vehicle.


Wheelchair loaded into boot using channel ramps
Folding channel ramps
  • are widely available from adaptation suppliers costing between £100 to £500
  • are portable, carried in the boot and hook on to the back of the vehicle
  • enable someone to push a light wheelchair or scooter up the ramp
  • enable a powered wheelchair or scooter to run up under its own power
  • can be fitted with an electric winch to your vehicle to help.

Folding ramps or telescopic ramps make them easier to especially if they have carrying handles.

Are you planning to use a ramp on your own?

Telescopic ramps
Telescopic ramps

If so, you'll need to:

  • get the ramp out and into position and put it away afterwards
  • make your way round to the driver's seat once you've stowed your wheelchair/scooter
  • check there's enough room to get the ramp in the car easily once the wheelchair is loaded.
  • secure the ramps - best done with pins that slot into locating holes drilled into the vehicle floor. Also make sure the ramp is secured during the journey.

Which ramp for which use?

Scooter loaded into boot using folding ramp
Wide folding ramp

Ramps have sides that help keep the wheelchair or scooter in line. Check that the side guards are high enough to stop your wheelchair from falling off and that they don't catch the underside of the chair when you're pushing it up.

For wheelchairs, use two narrow 'channel ramps'. Make sure the channels are wide enough to allow the castors to turn.

For a three-wheeled mobility scooter, use a wide ramp or three channel ramps. Look for a ramp that is wide enough to take the wheels easily.


Don't forget

  • Ramps often need to be quite long, so that the incline isn't too steep
  • To leave enough room behind your car for the whole length of the ramp plus the length of your wheelchair or mobility scooter.
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Last updated: August 2018

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