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Driving Lessons

Through our Driving Lessons Grant Programme, Motability can provide grants towards the cost of learning to drive for disabled people who have a provisional licence and want a full licence. We can also provide grants to disabled people who already have a licence but need familiarisation lessons; for example, if they need to get used to new driving adaptations.

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Learning to drive

If you have a provisional driving licence, we can offer up to 40 hours of driving lessons to help you pass your driving test. This also includes a free study pack to support you through the driving theory test. Your first lesson will usually be two hours long, so you can get used to the vehicle and any adaptations or controls it may have. You will need to pay for both the theory and practical driving tests.

Familiarisation lessons

If you have received a grant towards a vehicle with adaptations and need familiarisation lessons to help build your confidence, we will work with you to support your needs. The support we offer can include paying for a dual brake to be installed to a Scheme vehicle before the lessons take place, if this is needed. We find that most people only need up to five hours of familiarisation lessons, however we may pay for additional hours if you need them.

We work in partnership with the AA Driving School, who have instructors across the UK, and aim to provide a suitable, local instructor for you.

Who can apply

Our Driving Lessons Grant Programme currently prioritises funding for people want to learn to drive and who:

  • Receive a Government assessed means-tested benefit (listed below) and who:
    • Have a current lease agreement on the Motability Scheme or;
    • Have a pending application for a vehicle on the Motability Scheme, with a confirmed date to take delivery of the vehicle within the next four months.
  • Or people who need familiarisation lessons to drive their grant funded vehicle.

Government assessed means-tested benefits you may already be in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit;
  • Income Support;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related);
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income-based);
  • Housing Benefit;
  • Council Tax Benefit (Council Tax Support, Council Tax Reduction) or Rate Relief for customers living in Northern Ireland (not including the 25% discount under the Disabled Band Reduction Scheme or Single Occupancy Reduction);
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • Working Tax Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit.

Our grants are means tested to ensure that our funding supports those with the greatest need. This means we will look at your financial situation to determine if we are able to provide a grant towards your lessons.

With grants for driving lessons:

  • Applicants should be able to join or continue to use the Motability Scheme. Find out if you are able to join the Motability Scheme.Opens in new window
  • A valid provisional driving licence is needed before taking the first lesson.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the DVLA is kept up-to-date with their details, including how a disability may affect their ability to drive.
  • The applicant will need to pay for the full cost of both their theory and practical driving tests.
  • The applicant should start to study for, and book, their theory test when they start their driving lessons.
  • It is expected that lessons are taken on a regular basis and that ideally, the course of lessons is completed within 12 months from receiving the grant. Progress is monitored and the support offered may be reviewed if necessary.

How to apply

To be considered for a driving lesson grant, contact Motability on 0800 500 3186. 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).

Find out more about our Access to Mobility Grant Funding:

Access to Mobility Grant Programme

Our Access to Mobility Grant Programme provides financial help towards mobility support for disabled people.

Find out more about the Access to Mobility Programme.


Additional Transitional Support (ATS) Grant Programme

Our ATS Grant Programme can support you if, following a disability benefit reassessment, you are no longer eligible for the Motability Scheme and cannot meet the cost of a replacement vehicle or adaptations you need.

Find out more about the Additional Transitional Support Grant Programme.


Charitable Grants Available

Our Grant Funding Schemes support the independence of disabled people through the provision of grants to help with personal or other transportation.

Find out more about our Charitable Grants.


Who we help

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Meet 19-year-old aspiring media make-up artist Katie. Katie has Hypochondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She has no use of her right leg and often experiences pain and tiredness.

Becoming a full time wheelchair user in 2013 was a big period of adjustment for her, “Things seemed really bad as I was pretty much confined to a chair and I couldn’t walk or go to school. I had previously been very independent.

“Finding out that I could learn to drive at sixteen and get my own car through the Motability scheme has definitely helped. I love driving. This new found independence really helps me to live my life to the full and pursue my ambitions.”