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Things to think about when it comes to boot hoists

Standard boot hoist

Standard boot hoists

A standard boot hoist consists of a compact crane and winch, that are used to lift a wheelchair or scooter. The ‘up-down’ and ‘in-out’ motions are controlled using a remote and the scooter is then guided by hand, to ensure it remains steady.

When the apparatus is not required, the hoist can easily be removed, freeing up luggage space.

Folding boot hoist

Folding boot hoists

Folding boot hoists are similar in their operation to standard hoists, but the hoist arm can be folded down once equipment is loaded. This makes these hoists suitable for use in much smaller vehicles (e.g. hatchbacks).

It’s important to bear in mind that some upper body strength and dexterity is needed to lift and fold the arm, so it’s always a good idea to try one out before you commit!

Tips & considerations

When thinking about the vehicle to be fitted with a boot hoist, the key consideration should always be the size, weight and shape of the mobility equipment being lifted… it might seem obvious, but if the scooter/wheelchair/powerchair won’t fit through the opening of the tailgate, it’s never going to work with a boot hoist! If possible, ask someone to assist with lifting the mobility equipment through the vehicle tailgate, to ensure that it will fit.

Some (or all) of the second row seats will probably need to be folded down

Another thing to bear in mind is that, 9 times out of 10, the vehicle’s second row seats will need to be folded down to make room for your mobility equipment. It’s a conversation we have with our customers on a regular basis – and we know how frustrating it is to lose out on the extra space – but unfortunately, there isn’t usually room to keep those extra seats. So if you’re choosing a new car, think about maximising space and go BIG!

How does your mobility equipment fold? 

As we’ve already mentioned, space is at a premium, so it’s really important to think about how your mobility equipment can be folded/dismantled to make it as compact as possible. That said, if the seat comes off your scooter that’s all very well, but if you can’t lift it off yourself, you’ll end up relying on someone else to do it for you. That may not be an issue, but if you’re a free spirit and tend to be out on your own, then you’re going to want to be able to make any adjustments yourself, so make sure the’re manageable.

If you’ve always got someone with you to help when you’re out and about, that’s great, but make sure they can manage it too… if your hubby insists it’s no problem, but he’s 85 and has a dodgy knee, it may be best to err on the side of caution!


  • Do the armrests/controls lift off?
  • Does the seat-back fold, partially/completely?
  • Are the foot-rests detachable?
  • Can the seat be removed?

 Mobility Scooters

  • Can the armrests and/or the seat be removed?
  • Does the seat-back fold, partially or completely?
  • Does the tiller fold? To the seat or to the base?
  • Does the scooter fold up like a suitcase?



  • Does the wheelchair fold inwards?
  • Does the seat-back fold, or can it be removed?
  • Are the foot-rests detachable?

Measuring your equipment

When you’ve considered what’s manageable, make those adjustments, then get a tape-measure out and start figuring out the dimensions you’ve got to work with.

These are the measurements you’ll need to give to an adaptations installer to enable them to check that a hoist will be suitable in your vehicle of choice:

  1. Height (measure from the ground to the highest point, which is usually the top of the seat rest/tiller)
  2. Height to the top of the seat base (if this is not already the highest point)
  3. Length (front to back)
  4. Width (side to side)
  5. Weight (in kg)


We hope this has all been useful reading! If you still have questions, get in touch (we cover South East England, with the exception of Central London).

Ergomobility adapts Sophie Morgan’s Land Cruiser

Original article by Toyota UK:

For unstoppable thrill-seekers and adventurers, only the toughest of vehicles will do, which is why Toyota GB has supplied Sophie Morgan, our new Olympic and Paralympic mobility ambassador, with a Land Cruiser Invincible adapted by Ergomobility.


The Land Cruiser has been converted to suit Sophie’s needs by Ergomobility, the Vehicle Adaptation Specialists. To get thoroughly acquainted with her new seven-seat 4×4 in challenging conditions, Sophie paid a visit to True Grip Off-Road, a 4×4 driving centre in the picturesque Kent countryside.

Heavy rain in the days leading up to Sophie’s visit made the off-road tracks and narrow lanes treacherously muddy in places, but with one of True Grip’s expert instructors sitting alongside her, she quickly had the Land Cruiser traversing gruelling terrain, including steep hills and off-camber slopes, giving her valuable experience of her new vehicle’s capabilities.

Sophie’s Land Cruiser was able to assist via its raft of stability and control technologies, including Downhill Assist Control to make easy work of tricky loose-surface descents, and Hill-start Assist Control, which prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards while pulling away from a standstill on a steep incline.

“I had a fantastic time learning off road basics at True Grip,” said Sophie. “Being unable to walk, the joy and privilege of having a Land Cruiser is that it enables me to go further that I can imagine and get to places that otherwise I wouldn’t be able to. It is so robust and so comfortable. I can’t wait to see just how far we can go together. I have finally found a car that can help me realise my dreams – my impossible starts now!”

The True Grip Off-Road expedition was only the beginning of Sophie’s adventures in her Land Cruiser and with Toyota GB. She is planning to embark on a whole raft of adventures over the coming months and is excited to really put the Ergomobility-fettled Land Cruiser through its paces throughout the UK and beyond.

The Association of Disability Driving Instructors

The Association of Disability Driving Instructors offer a “one stop shop” to disabled people looking for impartial advice on learning to drive with a disability, returning to driving after an accident or illness, and continuing to drive safely if circumstances change. Their website also provides a handy online register of specialist driving instructors, making it a great resource for anyone looking to find a driving instructor with an adapted vehicle in their area.

In addition to these resources, The Association of Disability Driving Instructors also work directly with specialist driving instructors, enabling them to develop their skills through an accredited ADI Training Programme.

The Association of Disability Driving Instructors is an independent, not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) set up in partnership with Driving Mobility. Visit: for more information.

For information on vehicle adaptations for disabled drivers and passengers in the South East of England, get in touch with one of our friendly team.

Discounts for driving instructors on vehicle adaptations

At Ergomobility we know that having a disability shouldn’t stop you from driving… and more and more driving instructors are now starting to offer lessons in adapted vehicles.


Zoe Dancey recently had her car adapted by our team at Ergomobility, enabling her to teach people to drive with adaptations. Partnering with Lodgesons and Brig-Ayd Controls Ltd, we offered Zoe a special discounted rate as a driving instructor, because we know the more instructors there are on the road, the easier it is for our customers to access their services!


Zoe still has a few slots available for lessons in her adapted car, which is fitted with: Brig Ayd push/pull hand controls, steering ball and left foot accelerator and Lodgesons’ secondary controls, including a wireless ‘lollipop’ grip and mini keypad. Her area includes: Rustington, East Preston, Angmering, Arundel. For more information, visit her website:


For information on discounted adaptations packages for driving instructors, get in touch with our team at Ergomobility, adaptations specialists for the South East of England.

Ergomobility Sussex
Units 1 – 4, Crosspost Industrial Park,
Cowfold Road, Bolney,
West Sussex, RH17 5QU

Telephone: 01444 882233

Ergomobility Thames Valley
Reading, RG4 7XW

Telephone: 0118 321 8193

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