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A History of the Motability Scheme

What is the Motability Scheme?

The Motability Scheme, run by the charity Motability, helps disabled people access affordable and convenient vehicle leases. With the Motability Scheme you can lease a car, a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), a scooter, or a powered wheelchair.

How did the Motability Scheme begin?

Before the scheme was introduced, only disabled people who were able to drive themselves were given government help and they were typically only given a small tricycle that couldn’t take any passengers.

A Mobility Allowance had been introduced in 1976 which let recipients decide where to spend their mobility funds. They were able to spend the funds on a vehicle or mobility scooter or hiring taxis. While this was certainly better than nothing, it was very apparent that the funds were negligible and couldn’t pay for the upfront and running costs of even a modest car.

To address this issue, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Services brought Lord Goodman and Lord Sterling on board to devise a solution that would enable recipients of a mobility allowance to affordably purchase and run a vehicle of their own.

So, in 1977, they established the charity Motability to help disabled people, including ones unable to drive themselves, enjoy the independence offered by the convenience and accessibility of a personal vehicle.

What is the Motability Scheme for?

Since 1978, Motability has helped disabled people lease over 4.5 million vehicles. The purpose of the vehicles is to allow disabled people, who would otherwise find certain activities inaccessible, to have the freedom to share the independence brought about by a personal vehicle that non-disabled people enjoy without thought.

“Our vision is that no disabled person shall be disadvantaged due to poor access to transportation and our objective is to facilitate the relief and assistance of all disabled people in connection with the provision of personal or other transportation.” – Motability

Through the scheme, disabled drivers can access vehicles that allow them to accommodate passengers. Similarly, the scheme provides disabled people who don’t drive an accessible vehicle for their primary use so that a friend, family member, or carer can drive them.

This means that people who join the Motability Scheme will be able to travel at their leisure, whether they’re visiting friends or relatives, going to medical appointments, grocery shopping, or taking trips out.

How does the Motability Scheme work?

You can exchange all (or part of) your mobility allowance to lease a vehicle of your choice. A lot of things that you would otherwise have to arrange yourself, such as insurance and road tax, are covered by the scheme to help make it as convenient as possible. To find out more, read ‘What’s Included in the Motability Scheme?’.

How can we help?

At Cartwright Mobility, we’re passionate about helping people enjoy the independence offered by a Motability vehicle. We specialise in new and nearly new WAVs for private customers or people buying through the Motability Scheme. If you want to learn more about leasing a WAV, read ‘How do I get a WAV on the Motability Scheme?

Please contact us today if you’d like to talk to someone about buying a WAV on the Motability Scheme. We’re more than happy to help you!

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