Proos supports increased vehicle options for people with disabilities

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has co-sponsored legislation that would allow more wheelchair-accessible vehicles to receive a state registration fee deduction.

“People who use wheelchairs need vehicles that have been specially modified for their use,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “These modifications are expensive and can greatly increase the cost of a vehicle and result in higher vehicle registration fees. To help with these costs, Michigan offers fee reductions for wheelchair-accessible vans. This legislation is about extending that assistance to all accessible vehicles.”

Senate Bill 815 would expand the definition of who qualifies for a 50 percent reduction in registration fees for a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible.

“When the current reduction was enacted, it was limited to vans because they were the only vehicles capable of being modified with a wheelchair lift,” Proos said. “Over the years, technology has improved and now other vehicles, like pickup trucks, are able to be modified for use by someone with a disability.

“This reform would ensure that eligibility for the reduced fee reflects new technologies and enables people with disabilities to choose the vehicle type that best fits them.”

Under the bill, the registration fee reduction would be offered on any passenger vehicle with a permanently installed wheelchair lift or permanently installed hand controls.

SB 815 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.