Who Can Qualify for Motability?
The Motability scheme refers to a UK charity organisation which allows disabled people to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or other types of wheelchair accessible vehicle. The scheme was founded by Lord Sterling of Plaistow in 1977 and has helped to provide thousands of people with disabilities access to their own vehicle, which in turns brings with it, greater flexibility and freedom. This allows individuals who might otherwise struggle, to visit friends and relatives, go to work, do the shopping and so forth.
Who Qualifies for Motability?
Traditionally the scheme was open to all individuals in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the DLA (disability living allowance), however, the DLA is set to be phased out and is currently being replaced gradually by the PIP (personal independence payment) which was introduced back in 2013. Existing claimants will not automatically move over to PIP unless they were 65 or over on 8th April 2013 – they will usually get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions, which will ask them to make a new claim.
The Motability scheme is open to anyone with a disability or illness and in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the DLA or the PIP (personal independence payment), as well as armed forces independent payment or the war pensioner’s mobility supplement.
Those that don’t drive can still get a Motability vehicle and nominate other people to drive on their behalf, although the scheme only accepts drivers with a legally valid driving license. Motability allows for up to three named drivers on the scheme, and at the time of ordering the new vehicle, the applicant and any nominated drivers will be required to sign a statement of responsibilities form – this is to ensure the car is by or for the benefit of the disabled person.
How to Apply
The scheme is fairly straightforward, qualifying applicants contact their local Motability dealers and arrange an appointment with a Motability specialist, who will help them choose a suitable vehicle. When applying for a Motability vehicle, there must be at least 12 months left before DLA or PIP benefits end.
Payments are deducted from the higher rate Motability allowance and paid directly to the Motability scheme. There are three different price points to choose from, an appropriate price point will be found during the appointment with a Motability specialist. Some options will cost less than the weekly allowance, some are the same, and some vehicles will require advanced payment.
What Does the Scheme Cover?
Motability provides a fully comprehensive service which takes care of insurance for up to three named drivers, breakdown cover, servicing, maintenance as well as tyre and windscreen repair and replacement.
How We Can Help
Some types of vehicles may require adaptations, All Shropshire Mobility is a longstanding vehicle adaptation company based in Shropshire, offering a bespoke service which enables clients to view and try out products before purchase. For more information, get in touch today.