LVV Standard (Disability Adaptive Control Systems) 45-30
The Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA) has made changes to the LVV Std # 45-30(03) largely in response to discourse from the Disability Modification industry and community. Specifically the existing requirement for an Occupational Therapist’s assessment should not form part of the LVV certification process. This was the unanimous view of attendees at a Disability Modification industry meeting hosted by LVVTA in August 2008. The meeting arrived at a consensus that an Occupational Therapist is involved in the vast majority of cases and the linkage to the LVV certification process has been causing unreasonable inconvenience and cost to some disabled drivers.
These sections have been removed from the revised LVV 45-30 Standard and the opportunity for a general tidy up including a number of minor amendments and improvements was also taken.
Tony Johnson CEO of the LVVTA said, "getting this Standard right has been a formidable process. On the one hand, LVVTA wish to ensure the highest possible levels of safety for disabled drivers are maintained, balanced against excessive costs and inconvenience for those same people. LVVTA hope the balance is now right. Like all legal documents LVV Standards are living documents, always able to be improved. If future feedback is that we need to shift the balance again, it will be addressed."
The revised standards were re-issued to the LVV Certifiers in April.
In the 3rd amendment of the Disability Adaptive Control System Low Volume
Vehicle Standard, the requirement for the involvement of an Occupational Therapist with experience in driver training has been removed as part of the LVV Certification process.
The driving assessment process for the driver is now separate and unrelated to the LVV certification process for the vehicle.