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What is Motability?

Motability was first introduced in 1978 and has since helped millions of disabled people improve their lives with the use of a mobility vehicle. The scheme is exclusively for anyone receiving the higher rate of mobility allowances from the British Government, who are able to exchange their benefits with the Motability charity to lease a brand-new car or wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), a mobility scooter, or a motorised wheelchair.


The mobility allowances received by the individual are contributed towards to the cost of leasing the car or mobility equipment, which is automatically transferred every four weeks from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Motability charity to cover the cost of the vehicle.


The Motability charity are responsible for running the scheme and negotiating subsidised prices for Motability customers. Motability cars are available with a range of special adaptations that improve the utility of car for disabled drivers and passengers. Adaptations can be made to the vehicles seating, stowage, driving controls and doors, and many of the adaptations can be made at no extra cost.


Motability is a very successful and widely used scheme, with more than 600,000 people currently using it. It caters for a range of customers who require mobility equipment for many reasons. What’s more, you can apply for Motability on behalf of someone else and be a nominated driver of their car. This may especially be the case if you are the parent or guardian of a disabled child who requires the use of a Motability vehicle.

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