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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 specialist 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.

To ensure that our funding supports those with the greatest need, our grants are means tested. This means we will look at your financial situation, including household income and savings, to determine if you are able to make a contribution.

September 2020 - girl in wheelchair driving up a car ramp into car

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 Internal Transfer Solutions; needed when you access the vehicle using a wheelchair or scooter and transfer to the driving seat.
  • Complex adaptations which are necessary for a Scheme vehicle (could be a standard production car or WAV), 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.

How to apply

To be considered for a grant from the Complex Driving Solutions Programme, contact Motability on 0800 023 4331. 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.

Find out more about Scheme-related Grant Funding Programmes:

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 .


Who we help

Lady using ramp.

Angela, 41, has been on the Motability Scheme since the age of 19. She currently leases a Drive-from-Wheelchair vehicle and has discovered a new love for travelling.

“Getting a specially adapted Mercedes Sprinter was life-changing. I went from a smaller estate car, where it took 45 minutes to get both my husband, his wheelchair, my wheelchair and myself in or out of the vehicle, to it taking minutes," explains Angela. “I’ve had it for years and I still can’t believe how good it is."
Angela says she was on the verge of giving up driving before getting the Sprinter. Instead, the ease of getting in and out of it has given the couple a new lease of life. She says: “We can go to a friend’s house, we live three miles from the beach so now we can just get in the car and visit the seafront without worrying about long how it will take. We can also continue doing voluntary work in our local community and, most importantly, it helps me to care for my husband independently.”