Motability freedom and independence - an introduction
Motability is the UK's leading car scheme for disabled people. It currently provides over 430,000 people and their families with affordable, convenient, trouble-free motoring through the provision of a new car. Powered wheelchairs and scooters are also available.
Who can apply?
The Motability Scheme is available to anyone who is receiving one of the following benefits, and has at least 12 months award length remaining when they apply:
* Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance.
* War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.
A parent or carer can apply on behalf of a child aged three or older and non-drivers can apply for a car as a passenger.
How does it work?
Customers simply transfer their mobility allowance to lease or purchase a suitable vehicle. The most popular option is the Contract Hire Scheme, which includes insurance, tyre and windscreen replacement, servicing, breakdown cover and road tax. A similar all-inclusive hire plan is available for powered wheelchair and scooters.
Cars are supplied through a national network of 4,000 Motability Dealer Partners. There is also a network of accredited suppliers of powered wheelchairs and scooters.
Adaptations to cars
For most Motability customers, a standard production car is suitable for their needs, but special adaptations are needed for around 10% of customers, to enable them to drive safely, or travel in comfort as a passenger.
Providing additional financial help
Motability awards various grants to help those customers who need additional financial help to obtain the mobility solution they need.
These grants go towards a range of essential vehicle adaptations and conversions, the advance payment towards a chosen car and to assist in the funding of driving lessons.
More details can be obtained by telephoning Motability's Customer Helpline on 0845 456 4566 or by visiting the Motability website at www.motability.co.uk.