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Grants for Complex Driving Solutions

You may need a bespoke driving solution or adaptations which enable you to access a vehicle whilst remaining in your wheelchair and either drive from your wheelchair or transfer onto a adapted driver seat. Or, you may need specialist controls to be able to drive. At Motability, we provide advice and grants so that you can drive independently.

As these vehicles and adaptations are individually tailored for you, they are considerably more expensive than a standard production car or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). Our Complex Driving Solutions Programme can help with the additional costs that come with these vehicles.

All grant applications are means-tested to ensure we support those most in need of financial help and so that we can help as many beneficiaries as possible with the charitable funds available. We will look at your financial situation, including household income and savings, and if we believe you are able to afford to make a contribution towards the vehicle yourself, we may make this a condition of your grant award.

What we offer

Through our Grants for Complex Driving Solutions Programme, we currently focus help towards the cost of:

  • Advance Payments towards the lease of a Drive-from-Wheelchair solution.
  • Advance Payments towards the lease of a Internal Transfer Solutions; needed when you access the vehicle using a wheelchair or scooter and transfer to the driving seat.
  • Adaptations which are necessary for a Scheme vehicle (could be a standard production car, WAV, Drive-from-Wheelchair solution or Internal Transfer Solutions), where the total cost of adaptations and dealer options needed cost more than £10,000.

Motability has a team of Mobility Driving Advisors based across the UK, who assess an individual’s needs for complex driving solutions or if any changes are needed to Scheme vehicles during their lease period. These assessments are often carried out at your home, for your convenience, to discuss your needs with accessing and travelling in the vehicle safely and comfortably.

Who can apply

Our Complex Driving Solutions Programme is currently prioritising funding towards people who can join the Motability Scheme and will receive the most benefit by using the vehicle on a regular basis.

The cost of these vehicles is very high, so to ensure that we are providing grants for maximum benefit, we prioritise funding for disabled people who will find the use of a vehicle essential to support them with one of the following:

  • Paid employment - you work for an average of 12 hours or more a week;
  • Perform a volunteer role - you perform volunteering work for an average of 12 hours or more a week;
  • Attending full time education or training - and you need a vehicle to allow you to access it independently;
  • Caring for another person - you are responsible for the care of dependents, for example a spouse or child with disabilities, elderly relatives or young children, and the use of a vehicle is essential to provide the care they need.
  • In exceptional circumstances - you are in a situation not listed above but your circumstances make the use of a complex vehicle conversion essential for your everyday mobility. Consideration will be given to how long you have been using the Motability Scheme as well as frequent medical appointments where you are unable to use hospital transportation.

We are not able to award a grant if you have already ordered your vehicle. This is because when you place an application for a grant, our Case Managers will consider your individual circumstances and confirm which vehicles the charity is prepared to fund based on your mobility needs, not wants.

Grants are awarded in line with our policies and following thorough consideration of the information submitted in the application. All grant awards are final, except in cases where additional compelling information is provided. Applications that we consider do not meet our funding priorities will not receive grant funding.

To be considered for a grant from the Complex Driving Solutions Programme, contact Motability on 0800 500 3186 and keep your National Insurance number at hand. Children aged 3-15 years old have their National Insurance number or reference number at the top of their Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance award letter.

We will discuss what you need and if we think we can help, we will send you an application form (digital and paper versions available). You may speak with one of our business partners first, as there may be alternative options available to you.

When you place an application for a charitable grant, it will be allocated to a case manager for consideration. During busy periods it may take ten weeks for your application to be assigned to a Case Manager. Please wait for your Case Manager to contact you to update you on the status of your application.

Cars and Vehicle Adaptations Grants Programme

Our Cars and Vehicle Adaptations Programme can provide grants towards the cost of:

  • Advance Payments towards a Motability Scheme car and any adaptations or vehicle manufacturer options necessary to use it.
  • Adaptations needed mid-lease, due to a change in circumstances.

Find out more about the Cars and Vehicle Adaptations Grants Programme.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Grants Programme

Advance Payments for WAVs can be expensive and we can provide grants towards the cost of:

  • Advance Payments towards a WAV and any adaptation or dealer options you need.
  • Adaptations needed mid-lease due to a change in circumstances.

Find out more about the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Programme.

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