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Fiat's Doblo
is often adapted to carry wheelchair and Power Chair seated passengers.  They are also commonly used as smaller "disabled friendly" Taxis in the UK.  This is not a vehicle that is modified to drive from a wheelchair or powerchair. Only to travel as a passenger. As far as I know! There are lots of conversion companies that I keep finding.

The Fiat Doblo is also often bought by individuals that have a need to transport a wheelchair user family member. A although this one was owned by a Taxi Driver. Its surprisingly popular due to the small size and its subsequent economy. Personally I would find it embarrassing to travel in and vans like this get called pope mobiles etc...  But that's just me. Or is it?  That's why I prefer my Rollx van

Fiat Doblos - wheelchair adapted car

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Or click
Fiat Doblo Disabled Van for an even bigger view

You feel very conspicuous being "loaded" in and when trying to reverse out without falling over backwards or off the side of the long ramp. Plus you ride very high up and it feels unnerving and you feel like the pope.

Creates too much of a scene too. There's no need for this with my own van but then its more expensive and less economical. Depends how you feel about things I suppose

It need not be as steep as this taxi is though. There are many companies that convert these small Doblo vans.

Some do high roof conversions. Some do a floor chop. This means that the ramp angle is much less steep. Some also have lowering rear suspension. You will need to decide what's easiest and best for your situation and budget.


Rear View! Steep isn't it!

For a bigger view click Fiat Doblo ramp van
For full size view click Fiat Doblo rear ramp

I tried to enter this Fiat Doblo disabled friendly taxi in my electric powerchair

I tried obviously forwards but it would have tipped me out backwards in a rear wheel drive powerchair. I did get in easily enough with the taxi driver holding the powerchair so it didn't fall over!  But that's hardly independent or safe I think. One day there will be an accident and someone will get sued...  But that applies to all disabled friendly taxis. They are all too steep.

As far as I know this van is only for carrying passengers in wheelchairs, manual chairs or Power Chairs. Facing forwards, parked in the rear and located by ratchet straps. If there is a drive from wheelchair conversion I am unaware of it. If you know different let me know!

Reversing out is very scary. I am amazed that they allow this for taxi use under the health and safety rules... If nothing else it could cause heart failure as you reverse out blind on to a steep ramp!

There's not much point discussing engines and trim here since these are just the same as standard options which keep changing so the best bet here is the Fiat web site! 

The only thing I can comment on is that Fiats horrendous rust problems from the past seem to be well and truly over! Although in true Italian fashion there still seems to be one or two nasty plastic trim and finish issues.

Build quality seems about the same as my own Chrysler... Not bad but no BMW!   If you are a conversion specialist that modifies the Fiat Doblo (or and vehicle) let me have some info and GOOD photos and I will add a page or the info and a link!

 


 

 

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