FED up struggling to get yourself or your family around? Do travel limitations make your life less enjoyable or more difficult?
Did you know you may well quality for help from the Motability scheme?
Motability has assisted around 32,000 people in Northern Ireland since its inception. But more people can be helped, and that’s why it’s important to spread the message.
Motability – UK’S largest motor scheme for disabled people – can help people with disabilities by offering them the opportunity and financial support to own or lease a car. And the scheme is fully operational in Northern Ireland.
But it’s not just motor cars that quality for assistance under the scheme – the scheme can also finance powered wheelchairs and scooters.
Access to a car or any powered vehicle or mini-vehicle has the ability to transform lives. 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 for getting to the doctors, 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 vehicles to the needs of disabled people.
Their 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 to 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.
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.
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 fiveyear 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.
You can even use the car search tool at www.motability.co.uk to find and create a shortlist of cars that suit your individual lifestyle.
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.
Did you know Motability also covers the cost of converting and adapting vehicles so they can properly accommodate people with mobility challenges?
For example, you may decide that a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle ( WAV) is what you need.
Motability will advise on how you can get in and out of the vehicle, the conversion features you will require, and even describe the experience of travelling in WAVS.
Special features on the Motability website will let you explore these features in more detail.
In Northern Ireland, there are several specialist manufacturers who can convert vehicles for Motability users, including installing ramps.