HOW MOTABILITY COULD GET YOU ON ROAD TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE
IF you struggle to get about because of a disability, the Motability scheme can help.
Motability has assisted around 32,000 people in Northern Ireland since its inception, and there’s a lengthy list of testimonials from people whose lives have been transformed as a result.
Many people don’t realise they quality for the programme, which is the UK’S largest motor scheme for disabled people.
Motability can help people with disabilities by offering them the opportunity and financial support to own or lease a car.
It’s not just motor cars that quality for assistance under the scheme — Motability can also finance powered wheelchairs and scooters.
Let’s face it, access to a car or any powered vehicle or mini-vehicle has the abil- ity to transform the lives of people who have difficulties in getting around.
What many parents and carers may not know is that Motability also supports those caring for a disabled child aged three or over.
And 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 in getting to the doctor, chemist or other appointments, as well as leisure trips and shopping.
Motability UK is also an expert in helping people get advice on the complicated business of adapting or converting vehicles to the needs of disabled people.
Its brilliant database of 400 adaptations is almost bound to have something that could help you. Many popular adaptations come at no extra cost.
Adapted vehicles can be a real game-changer — indeed a life-saver — for people who require wheelchairs or specialised equipment to help them get around.
You’d be amazed what engineers can do to cars to make them user-friendly for people with disabilities.
Another brilliant Motability device is a simple online car search tool at www. motability.co.uk, which is designed to makes it easy to find and create a shortlist of cars that suit your individual lifestyle.
Cars are supplied via 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.
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 more than 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) is also available.
Anyone who receives either higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces Independence Payment or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement can apply.
Many new Motability vehicles can be adapted to suit your needs, and often at no extra cost