Subject to clinical evidence supporting need, the WSIB may authorize vehicle modification.
The WSIB may authorize vehicle modification when modification to a worker's personal vehicle will improve or enhance quality of life and facilitate
- mobility within the community, and
- socialization - family, friends, organization.
Payment for vehicle modification will only be authorized where the modification is essential to the safe operation of, or to the worker's ability to enter, leave and operate the vehicle.
Types Of Modification
Examples of vehicle modification include
- hand controls
- elevating devices
- dimmer switches
- spinner knobs
- van roof extension
- special seats.
Before payment or reimbursement of modification costs and/or instruction on the operation of a modified vehicle can be made, the WSIB must receive confirmation
- of the clinical need and advisability,
- from the Ministry of Transportation that the injured worker has the authority to operate the vehicle in question, and
- from the insurance company that they are aware of the condition and the worker's insurance is still in effect,
- from the worker that the work has been satisfactorily concluded,
- that the age and/or condition of the vehicle is such that the modification is warranted, and
- where doubt exists, a Certificate of Mechanical Fitness shall be obtained by the worker.
The WSIB will not authorize replacement and/or repair when damage to the vehicle modification is attributable to misuse and is in conflict with warranty requirements and recommended operating instructions.
The WSIB cannot authorize major vehicle modifications such as hand controls and elevating devices when the work-related condition is temporary in nature, for example, limbs encased in plaster.
This policy applies to all decisions made on or after July 1, 1989, for all accidents.
This document replaces 06-05-04 dated July 1989.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended
Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended
Board of Directors
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