Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 44

feature Problem Management Engineering (PME) is a leading vehicle modifier for disability driving controls in Australia. EVOLUTION OF A MOBILITY ENGINEER P ME was founded in 1989 been at the leading edge of new in access, including wheelchair when Bill Georgas, who technologies. accessible vehicles, lifting aids, seating ran a successful workshop, and transferring solutions. became a paraplegic after a medical technology has allowed PME to procedure. Unsatisfied with the offer products that give people with vehicles modified by PME, with the driving controls available on the various disabilities the independence business having also modified a market and being a keen motor to drive,” Bill said. variety of vehicles for adventurous enthusiast, Bill realised there was a “Teaming up with international Bill said cars are not the only clients including boats, motorbikes, gap in the market for high quality, companies such as PARAVAN all-terrain vehicles, earth moving and reliable and robust driving controls. (Germany) and GuidoSimplex (Italy) agricultural equipment, and even has allowed PME to provide solutions ultra-light aircraft. Now, almost 30 years on, PME has grown to be an international player for even the most challenging in the industry. The company’s own physical disabilities. Getting C4 to our clients, but can return them products are exported across the quadriplegics and even quadruple to their livelihood or recreational globe, and vehicles are sent from amputees safely back behind the activities that they have always all parts of Australia and even New wheel has been the pinnacle of some enjoyed,” Bill said. Zealand to be modified. of our achievements.” Bill said that as the motor industry has evolved over the years, PME has 44 “Keeping up with changes in car conversion and equipment PME has not limited itself to driving controls. The company also specialises “This not only provides mobility PME pioneered the introduction of Space Drive high-level driving controls for people with upper and