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MOTA­BIL­ITY is the UK’S lead­ing car scheme for dis­abled peo­ple. In North­ern Ire­land alone, ap­prox­i­mately 32,000 peo­ple avail of the scheme that of­fers mo­torists with dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car.

Pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers can also be fi­nanced through the scheme.

As a unique and suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, the ini­tia­tive also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over, and those who do not drive can still ap­ply for a car as a pas­sen­ger and nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers.

Cars 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.

For most Mota­bil­ity cus­tomers, a stan­dard pro­duc­tion car is suit­able for their needs but, as part of the con­tract hire pack­age, around 400 adap­ta­tions are avail­able, with many popular adap­ta­tions — such as push-pull hand con­trols and left-foot ac­cel­er­a­tors — of­fered at no additional cost.

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 fiveyear lease.

In­surance, road tax, break­down cover, ser­vic­ing, tyre and wind­screen re­place­ment are all in­cluded in a sin­gle monthly pay­ment.

A sim­ple online Car Search tool at www.mota­bil­ makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars that suit in­di­vid­ual life­style and ac­ces­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments and bud­gets.

Any­one re­ceiv­ing higher rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Dis­abil­ity Liv­ing Al­lowance, en­hanced rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Per­sonal In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment, Armed Forces In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment or War Pen­sion­ers’ Mo­bil­ity Sup­ple- ment can ap­ply for the scheme.

The choice of ve­hi­cles 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 with no Ad­vance Pay­ment. A wide range of af­ford­able Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­ble Ve­hi­cles ( WAVS) are also avail­able.

Whilst many peo­ple are aware of Mota­bil­ity and its new car scheme, it’s prob­a­bly true that fewer know about its Ve­hi­cle Con­ver­sions scheme.

It’s a very tricky — and legally sen­si­tive — job to con­vert ve­hi­cles to the needs of dis­abled users, and only spe­cial­ist work­shops are per­mit­ted to do so.

In North­ern Ire­land, only rel­a­tively few com­pa­nies have the ex­pe­ri­ence needed to take ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cles and adapt them to be gen­uinely use­ful and safe for dis­abled cus­tomers.

Spe­cial mir­rors, an­chor­ings for wheel­chairs, low­ered floors, pow­ered ramps — all of these and more are avail­able. The Mota­bil­ity web­site in­cludes a list of the best adap­tions and WAVS for cus­tomers.

There are many dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles on the Scheme, and also adap­ta­tions avail­able to im­prove your driving or trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence.

The web­site has lists and de­scrip­tions of what is avail­able, and a spe­cial Car Search func­tion makes it sim­pler to choose from 2,000 dif­fer­ent mod­els and their adap­ta­tions.

But it’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant to use ac­cred­ited firms to con­vert or pur­chase from. Check out www. mota­bil­ for full de­tails.

The Mota­bil­ity scheme helps mo­torists and pas­sen­gers with dis­abil­i­ties take to the road

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