MOTABILITY SPECIAL FEATURE
MOST people have heard about Motability, the UK’S leading car scheme for disabled people.
But did you know that in Northern Ireland alone approximately 32,000 people avail of the scheme.
And it doesn’t just empower people with disabilities — it allows relatives and carers to drive for them.
There’s more: Motability doesn’t just offer people the opportunity and financial support to own or lease a car. Powered wheelchairs and scooters can also be financed through the scheme.
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.
As part of the contract hire package around 400 adaptations are available, with many popular adaptations offered at no additional cost.
Insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, servicing, tyre and windscreen replace- ment are all included in a single monthly payment.
A simple online car search tool at www. motability.co.uk makes it easy to find and create a shortlist of cars.
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. 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, but as part of the contract hire package around 400 adaptations are available, with many popular adaptations offered at no additional cost, such as push-pull hand controls and left-foot accelerators.
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.
A simple online Car Search tool at www.motability.co.uk makes it easy to find and create a shortlist of cars that suit individual lifestyles.
Anyone receiving 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.
The list of car brands joining Motability is still growing — in fact relatively new manufacturer Infiniti joined in November, offering its latest Q3 SUV for an advance payment of £399.
DRIVEN: 32,000 people here are empowered by Motability