The Motability scheme is great for those with a disability to be able to continue their everyday life. However, although many know they can get a car, not everyone knows to what extent they can alter it to suit their needs. Here, we look at what the Motability scheme is, how you qualify and how you can change a vehicle or choose an adapted vehicle under the scheme.
How do I qualify for the Motability scheme?
The scheme was set up in 1978 to allow disabled people to be able to move more freely so they aren’t confined to their home. Since then, over four and a half million cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs have been provided to those who require them.
With driverless cars gearing up to hit the roads in the months and years to come, the motoring world looks set to experience one of its biggest shifts very shortly. Autonomous car technology is already being looked at by big-name vehicle manufacturers like Lexus and Mercedes, while Tesla has already begun to trial its driverless Autopilot system on UK roads. Google is testing its own automated technology as well, while there are rumours that Apple has teamed up with German car maker BMW to create its own vehicle — there’s speculation that this set of wheels will be automated too.
For many disabled people, their car is a lifeline. It provides independence, enabling people to stay active by getting out of the house and socialising with others. However, for some, getting in and out of the car and refuelling can be a challenge.
Katherine of designed2enable Ltd has therefore put together a list of car-related products to help make life a little easier and more pleasurable for disabled drivers and passengers…
Top 4 products for disabled drivers and passengers:
UCan2 has been named in the Top 10 Disability Magazines by Feedspot – the global content reader.
The article lists the best disability magazines on the web, using search and social metrics to find the most updated and widely-followed websites.
A Feedspot spokesperson said, "This is the most comprehensive list of best Disability Magazines on the internet and I’m honoured to have UCan2 as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world."
National motor retailer Lookers, who are widely known for their variety of disability cars, is set to encourage those with a variety of disabilities to visit its dealerships with the launch of the first Motability Awareness Week across its network.
The week, to take place between 6th-13th October, coincides with the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour initiative and will see each participating dealership make changes to their showrooms such as turning down the lights and turning the music off.
I have been using Driving Miss Daisy since February 2018, after my highly specialised drive-from-wheelchair car provided by Motability was declared a write off. I’ve had Cerebral Palsy from birth & after several years of deterioration, I use an electric wheelchair for the majority of the day, and travel with a working assistance dog provided by Canine Partners, named Etta.
Driving Miss Daisy has been a lifeline, after my highly specialised drive-from-wheelchair car provided by Motability was declared a write off. That car was my key to independence; without it, isolation and depression set in.
Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH), came to the rescue of a little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints as her family hit severe mobility problems.
Four-year-old Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
The first brand-new Cabin Car mobility scooter has been delivered to a happy customer, who is set to enjoy features including reverse camera parking sensors.
Mrs Jordan in Knightswood, Glasgow, is is delighted with her purchase from Mobility Solutions. It is the world’s first scooter with reverse camera parking sensors, remote central locking and a heater. In fact, the Cabin Car has many comforts of a car whilst still being a mobility scooter.
Mrs Jordan said, “I’ve been telling everyone about it, all of my friends are desperate to see it and I can’t wait to show it off.
“All of the features will help me so much, if I was going out before I would have to wrap up with lots of layers but now I can just turn the heating on!”
Motability customers in Stafford can be sure of receiving award-winning customer service when they visit local dealer W R Davies Toyota, who have won a regional award for their work with the Motability Car Scheme. The accolade is part of a programme of awards, launched last year by Motability Operations, to recognise and reward outstanding customer service provided by local Motability dealerships.
Eikon Exhibition Centre hosts extensive display of vehicles for disabled people
Disabled motorists and their families can explore their motoring options and find out about the Motability Scheme at The Big Event in Northern Ireland this June. Showcasing the largest display of vehicles for disabled people in Northern Ireland, The Big Event is coming to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June 2016 following a successful previous event in Belfast in 2014.