3 Facts about the Motability Scheme in the United Kingdom

Motability is a car and scooter scheme in the United Kingdom that supports people with disabilities in getting access to affordable and easy-to-use vehicles. Through the scheme, people with disabilities are able to lease cars and other vehicles in exchange for their mobility allowance. Motability Operations, Ltd., the independent company overseeing the finance, administration, and maintenance of the Scheme, has been able to help about 650,000 customers all over the United Kingdom.

If you are a person with a disability or have a family member or friend with a disability, you might want to consider leasing a car under the Scheme. But, before you do so, here are 5 facts about the Motability Scheme in the United Kingdom that you should know about:

·Motability is a non-profit company.

Motability is a charity, which means it is a non-profit company. The profits that they make are reinvested into the Scheme so that other people with disabilities can benefit from the program and lease cars and other vehicles that give them more freedom and independence. Aside from cars, people with disabilities can also rent scooters and powered wheelchairs using their mobility allowance.

·People with disabilities can lease cars and other vehicles using their government-funded mobility allowance.

Different government-funded mobility allowances are covered in the Scheme. These include the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP), the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC-PIP), the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC-DLA), and the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS).  To see if you’re eligible, you should search for “Motability dealers near me” such as Sandown and talk to a representative to ask for assistance.

·A person with a disability can name two drivers as part of their lease.

If a person with a disability cannot personally drive the vehicle that they wish to lease, they can name a friend, family member, or caregiver as a driver. They can nominate up to two drivers at no additional cost. (A third driver may come at an additional cost.) You should also know that there are terms and conditions regarding nominated drivers. These include but are not limited to:

·Nominated drivers must live within a five-mile radius from the customer’s home.

·Only one driver under 21 years old is allowed.

·Nominated individuals with past convictions, disqualifications, or endorsements in the last five years will not be permitted to become a driver.

·Only the person with a disability and/or nominated drivers can drive the car. The car must only be used for shopping and other routine activities that will benefit the person with a disability.

·The car that was leased under the Scheme may not be lent, sub-leased, sold or used for unauthorized business uses.

·You, the person with a disability, and your nominated drivers must sign a Statement of Responsibilities along with the Motability dealer when ordering your car.

Aside from these terms and conditions, there are also guidelines for trade-ins, insurance, car adaptations, etcetera that the person with a disability might need. To know more about these, contact your local dealership.
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