In many European Countries accessible vans (with lift or ramps) are available to rent without driver.
In the same Countries and in other ones cars with hand controls are available to rent too.
Accessible motorhomes are available to rent too.
Accessible vans to rent without driver
In Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Nederlands and in some other Countries are available, to rent for self driving, accessible vans with ramp and space inside to fix usually 1 wheelchair plus seats from 3 up to 8 people.
In some locations are available vans with space to fix up to 2 or 3 wheelchairs at the same time (in this case the nr of available seats will be reduced accoding the nr of wheelchairs, i.e. in Spain 2 wheelchairs + 6 seats).
These vans can be driven with a normal driving permit but in some cases an International driving permit could be requested.
The International driving permit is the translation in many languages of the driver's national driving permit.
The delivery of the accessible vans and the hand controls cars is usually possible in the International Airports near the rental company or, on demand, in the hotel located in the towns near the airports.
Italy: In Milan Malpensa or in Rome Fiumicino.
France: In all the Paris airports andalso in the Southern France major airports (Nice and Marseille).
Germany: Frankfurt & Stuttgart airports.
Switzerland: Zurich airport.
United Kingdom: All London airports.
The Nederlands: Amsterdam Schipol airports.
The rental companies are small companies, not like the worldwide companies as: Avis, Hertz, Budget,...
Sometime these small companies have 1 or anyway few accessible vans so in case of mechanic problems or accidents it could be impossible to change the rented van for an other also because these companies are very few.
In most of the Countries I mentioned there is only one rental company renting accessible vans without driver.
Hand controls cars:
Hand controls cars are a little easier to rent than accessible vans!
Some of the big rental companies advertise to have hand controls cars to rent but when requested they are almost unavailable!
The alternative choices are again small private companies with 1 or few hand controls cars.
The main problem with hand controls cars is: in each Country the hand controls come from different factories and they are quite different.
Many times the disabled driver is not able to adapt himself to different than need hand controls.
This fact must be kept on mind to avoid problems at the pickup.
Accessible Motorhomes and Campers:
These accessible vehicles are very few.
In Italy there are a couples of them. They have 4 or 5 beds and a lift.
The toilette is separate by a tent and it's wider than a normal motorhome toilette.
The inside accessibility for a wheelchair user it's good according the space.
If you will need them in other European Countries or in other Countries: USA, Australia, New Zelad we'll search for you trough our local accessible tourist services supliers.
Accessible House Boats:
In some European channels and rivers, like in Southern France, The Nederlands,...are available to rent accessible house boats. Usually these house boats can keep up to 4/6 people, including 1 or 2 wheelchairs.
They have an accessible toilet and a lift to enter..
The cruises along the channels and the rivers are a very relaxig way to travel avoiding traffic, noises and pollution.
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