Accessing Melbourne
Chapter 2
The fleet of M50 Taxis includes Vans, Metro Cabs and modified sedans, Fords and
Holdens. Reciprocal rights exist between South Australia/Victoria and some
NSW/Victorian boarder towns, for example Albury/Wodonga and Echuca/Moama.
Car Hire
Two car hire companies provide hand controlled vehicles at their major corporate
locations, generally city and airport, subject to availability and booking in advance.
No additional charge is levied for this service. You could ask them to consider fitting
a hand control supplied by you (so long as it is easily fitted and no damage is
caused to the vehicle) but they may be reluctant to do this. If the operator you are
dealing with does not understand your request ask to be transferred to the vehicle
maintenance section where they will be able to discuss your requirements.
Avis  1800 225 533, will fit the Monarch hand control (right hand operation) to
Commodore vehicles, book at least one week advance.
Hertz 13 3039, will fit a push pull hand control (right hand operation) to any of its
VELLING AROUND
automatic vehicles, but book at least three days advance.
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Van Hire
There are not many options when it comes to hiring accessible vans. However, you
may be able to arrange short term van hire from major organisations such as the
Spastic Society or even a local council during periods of low usage such as school
holidays.
Norden Transport Industries 9793 1066, 60 62 Bennett St, Dandenong, has two
Toyota Hi Ace vans available for hire, each capable of carrying up to three
wheelchairs.
Premier Fleet Services runs three accessible vehicles, two flash Cabs and a Swift
Cab (Mercedes), bookings call 0412 213 347 or 9857 5900, evening and weekend
availability as well as daytime.
Rambler Tours, 9436 1188, runs accessible tours in its own lift equipped buses.
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