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Are you eligible for a Charitable Grant?

If you already have a Scheme vehicle that meets your needs, we will discuss with you the possibility of keeping your vehicle by extending the length of your current lease.

With a lease extension you will continue to enjoy the Scheme with insurance, roadside recovery, service, maintenance, repairs, and a Good Condition Bonus (subject to conditions). This also helps us conserve our limited funds as we will only provide Charitable Grants for vehicles that need replacing.

If you are already a Scheme customer, please call
0300 456 4566 to discuss the possibility of a two-year lease extension.

Lady in her wheelchair on WAV ramp.

If a lease extension isn’t an option for you or you are not currently using the Motability Scheme, please take some time to read the following: 

About the Charitable Grants process

Motability considers every enquiry and application for a Charitable Grant individually and takes into account a wide range of factors, including:

  • Your disability or impairment and how it impacts your mobility.
  • Your household circumstances.
  • Any equipment you need to regularly travel with.
  • Your financial means, for example; whether you are in receipt of a means tested benefit, if you receive income from paid employment and whether you have any savings or investments.

Select from the list below the kind of help you are looking for:

Help Help with the cost of Advance Payments, WAVs and adaptations

If you are looking for help with the cost of an Advance Payment for a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) for a passenger or adaptations to a Scheme vehicle, these are the key things that Motability take into account to help prioritise our limited funding:

  • Aside from the disabled person’s own mobility needs, Motability will consider their immediate family who live in the same household. This means a spouse/ partner, parents, siblings or children up to the age of 16.
  • Motability can also take into account other members of the household in receipt of the Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance or Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment and who do not lease their own Motability Scheme vehicles.
  • Motability will also, in as far as possible, take into account paid carers. This is dependent on the nature of the care provided, the times at which care is given and the extent to which the carer needs to travel in the vehicle.

When considering the type of vehicle for which Motability might provide help, the following will generally be taken into account: Attending school, college or work including taking account of any reasonable equipment that is essential to those activities.

  • Attending school, college or work including taking account of any reasonable equipment that is essential to those activities.
  • Carrying out normal, day-to-day activities locally.
  • Attending hospital and doctor appointments.
  • Carrying essential and frequently needed mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair, small or medium sized scooter or walking frame. This does not include spare items.
  • Carrying any essential medical equipment such as an oxygen cylinder or dialysis equipment.
  • Carrying items for respite care, if undertaken on a frequent basis at a location some distance away from home.
  • Disability-related equipment to enable participation in sporting activities.
  • Accommodating an assistance dog.

Generally, the following is not taken into account:

  • Any vehicle or adaptation that has been ordered or delivered prior to a decision being made.
  • Additional seating for children over 16.
  • Additional seating for a carer’s children.
  • Vehicles with more than seven seats.
  • Medically unproven representations regarding comfort of ride and/or seating.
  • The ability to carry a large, all-terrain or road-legal scooter or all-terrain wheelchair.
  • Towing requirements, for example; caravan, horsebox, boats.
  • Accommodating friends, relatives or others who do not live in the same household.
  • Travelling abroad.
  • The provision of changing or washing facilities ‘in-vehicle’.
  • Accommodation of hoists or ‘day-beds’.
  • Accommodation of equipment or luggage for holidays.
  • Accommodation of equipment for hobbies and leisure pursuits.
  • Fuel type.
  • Fuel consumption.

If you have carefully considered your needs and cannot find a suitable vehicle or adaptations in your price range, please take a look at our information about How to apply for a Charitable Grant.

FH2 Help with the cost of driving lessons

Motability can help with the cost of up to 40 hours of driving lessons with a national driving school and may be able to help if:

  • You are already a customer of the Motability Scheme or you are awaiting delivery of a new Scheme vehicle with a confirmed delivery date no more than four months from the date of the application for driving lessons; and
  • You receive one of the following: a means-tested benefit, such as Income Support, Income-related Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit), Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income-related ESA or Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit; or
  • You are in full-time education or training (aged up to 25 years of age) and you or your parents/guardians receive one of the means-tested benefits listed above. Full-time education is defined as education undertaken in pursuit of a course, where a substantial period of each week is spent receiving tuition, engaging in practical work, receiving supervised study or taking examinations. Training is defined as an unpaid Apprenticeship.

If you wish to apply for help with the cost of driving lessons, please look at our information on How to apply for a Charitable Grant.

FH3 Help with the cost of a Drive-from-Wheelchair vehicle

If you are looking for help with the cost of a Drive-from-Wheelchair vehicle or an Internal Transfer vehicle (that is entering in your wheelchair but transferring to the driver’s seat while inside) or need complex driving controls costing more than £10,000, these are the key things that we take into account:

  • You are solely responsible for the care of one or more dependants, such as: a disabled partner or child, care of an elderly relative or young children. You must demonstrate that the vehicle is essential to enable the continuation of the care given.
  • You are in full-time education or training and a vehicle would allow you to access it independently. Full-time education is defined as education undertaken in pursuit of a course, where a substantial period of each week is spent receiving tuition, engaging in practical work, receiving supervised study or taking examinations. Training can include being in an unpaid Apprenticeship.
  • You are in paid employment where the use of a vehicle is essential for commuting to and from your place of work, or for frequent business use.
  • You carry out voluntary work where the use of a vehicle is essential to enable you to undertake this work and you spend a substantial amount of time each week volunteering. Voluntary work can include helping out unpaid at a charity, voluntary organisation or community group, a public-sector organisation like your local council or a social enterprise supporting your local community.
  • We also look at some cases on an exceptional basis, for example, if you live a long way from local amenities or where there are very limited local transport options, such as local authority transport, NHS transport, volunteer transport or wheelchair accessible taxis.

Please note that Motability cannot consider an application for a Drive-from-Wheelchair/Internal Transfer vehicle if you are:

  • Waiting to hear from the DVLA about your entitlement to drive.
  • Expecting to change to a different model of powered wheelchair within the next twelve months. This is because we adapt the vehicle to suit the particular model of wheelchair you use so it is important to know what type of wheelchair you will be using in the longer term.
  • Your entitlement to DLA or PIP expires within the next 18 months.

If you have carefully considered your needs and cannot find a suitable mobility solution in your price range, please take a look at our information on How to apply for a Charitable Grant.

FH4 Help for War Pensioners and Ex-invalid Vehicle Service Holders (IVS)

If you receive the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement and lease a Motability car, you may be eligible for help from Veterans UK, based on your medical records. If you need a vehicle or adaptations costing more than the standard grants they offer, and you are unable to meet the cost yourself, then you can apply to Motability for help.

Motability can also help you if you previously drove a three-wheeled blue trike or other government vehicle. Call the Motability Scheme Customer Services on 0300 456 4566 to find out more information.

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