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The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to use their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

Some cars are available at less or no more than the cost of the weekly allowance. However, more expensive cars require an additional payment (known as an Advance Payment) to cover the cost of the lease.

There are over 2,000 cars to choose from, including hundreds of automatics, from all the major manufacturers. The Scheme has a wide range of WAVs and adaptations.

The lease includes insurance, servicing, repairs and breakdown assistance at no extra cost. Family members and carers can drive the car on behalf of the disabled person, as a result, non-drivers can join the Motability Scheme too.

The Motability Scheme is open to those who receive:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or
  • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

To lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair, you must have a minimum of 12 months of your award remaining.

As a national charity, Motability may be able to provide charitable grants to disabled people who would otherwise be unable to afford the vehicle, adaptations or driving lessons they need. Visit our website for more information on charitable grants.

Over 600,000 disabled people and their families are benefiting from the freedom and independence provided through the Motability Scheme.

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How Motability has helped Elisabeth

Meet fourteen-year-old Elisabeth and her mum Sam. Elisabeth has spina bifida and hydrocephalus – conditions that affect her nervous system and mobility. She cannot walk or stand independently and uses a wheelchair full time.

Sam explains, ‘We knew that Elisabeth was going to be born disabled but nothing prepared us for the impact it would have on family life. As she got older, we struggled to lift her into the car, and there wasn’t enough space for the wheelchair and the whole family to travel together. What we needed was a car with ramped access so that Elisabeth could travel in her wheelchair, but that was also big enough for the whole family.’

Sam approached Motability, who assessed the family’s needs, and gave them a grant towards a suitable Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). Allied Mobility is a Glasgow-based conversion company. They took a wheelchair accessible vehicle to the family’s home to demonstrate how it might help them. The rest, as they say, is history.

Increased Independence

‘Everyone at Allied Vehicles and Motability was so helpful,’ explains Sam. ‘Thanks to the new car we are mobile! Everyday tasks are so easy and Elisabeth loves to travel in her wheelchair – she can even push herself partway up the ramp.

‘After we got the car, we went on our first family camping trip. We managed to pack up the tent, Elisabeth’s wheelchair and buggy, six people and all of the camping gear for the weekend and spend some quality time together – something we couldn’t have done without the new car.’

Allied Mobility’s Managing Director, Paul Nelson, commented:

‘It’s wonderful to see just how much difference the right vehicle can make to someone with reduced mobility.

‘At Allied Mobility we understand that every customer has different needs. That’s why we’ve developed a wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles. Our range includes the Peugeot Expert Independence, which is specifically aimed at families and small groups.

‘It really is about increased independence for everyone. I’m really delighted that Elisabeth and her family are now able to get out and about when it suits them and even go on family holidays together with their own WAV.’

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Motability is a Registered Charity in England and Wales (number 299745). They are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number 736309). Motability Operations Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number 735390).

If you would like to find out more about Motability and how we can help you or a member of your family, please get in touch.

Visit our website or call the Scheme’s Customer Services Team and find out more and request an information pack:


Tel: 0300 456 4566 (lines are open 8am-7pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday)

Address: Warwick House, Roydon Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5PX

This article was paid for and supplied by our partner Motability.