MOTABILITY SCHEME HELPING PEOPLE GET ON THE ROAD WITH AFFORDABLE OPTIONS
ONE of the great unsung benefits of the UK’S health and social care scheme is Motability.
Countless thousands of people have been helped to get around and live the lives they deserve by this brilliant mobility scheme for people with disabilities and their families.
The Motability programme of GB and Northern Ireland is probably the most advanced in the world, and has grown ever more sophisticated at sorting out your problems.
From citycars, to MPVS, saloons to 4x4s and much more, the choice of models and range of segments is truly impressive: there is surely a vehicle to assist even the most mobility-challenged among us.
And it’s not just cars — the scheme offers people with disabilities the opportunity and financial support to own or lease a car, powered wheelchairs or a scooter.
It’s not restricted to the disabled, either. Many parents and carers don’t realise that Motability also supports those caring for a disabled child aged three or over.
What many people don’t know is that it also allows those who do not drive to apply for a car as a passenger.
They can even nominate two other people as their drivers, which can be a real help for getting to the doctors, chemist or other appointments as well as leisure trips and shopping.
Elisabeth, aged 8, has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, conditions that affect her nervous system and mobility. Without Motability, her life and that of her carers including mum Sam, would be much more difficult.
Sam said: “As Elisabeth got older, we struggled to lift her into the car, and there wasn’t enough space for the wheelchair and the whole family to travel together. What we needed was a car with ramped access so that Elisabeth could travel in her wheelchair, but that was also big enough for the whole family.”
Sam approached Motability who gave them a grant towards a suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Motability UK has a brilliant database of 400 adaptations — which means they are almost bound to have something that could help you. Many popular adaptations come at no extra cost.
They also have a brilliant tool at www.motability.co.uk designed to makes it easy to find and create a shortlist of cars.
Vehicles are supplied through a network of local Motability dealer partners and many of the vehicles are available simply by customers transferring their allowance to Motability for the period of the agreement. Northern Ireland has a brilliant range of caring dealers and an associated support network.
A single simple monthly payment covers insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, servicing, tyre and windscreen replacement.
The most popular option for Motability customers is the contract hire of a new car, which offers worry-free motoring at affordable prices.
Customers can choose a brand new car from a selection of over 2,000 models, from the major manufacturers, on a three or five-year lease.
The choice of vehicles available includes over 500 automatic models, more than 1,000 eco-friendly choices, including the first 100% electric vehicle available to lease through Motability — and around 450 cars available with no advance payment.
A wide range of affordable Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles ( WAVS) are also available. Check out the car search tool at www.motability.co.uk.
Many new Motability vehicles can be adapted to suit your needs, and often at no extra cost