How To Get a Disability Car?
Depending on your disability, as well as the benefit you receive, with some brief research it is easy to find out if you’re eligible for the Motability Scheme.
The scheme is designed to help those with a disability to use their allowance to use wholly or partly towards a disability car.
There is a list of allowances that ensure you are eligible for the scheme, granted you have 12 months remaining:
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
Motability Scheme Update
If you are eligible, then it’s only right that we keep you up to date with the latest changes to the scheme.
As the clocks spring forward, the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, we are also blessed with the rise of allowances.
For DLA/PIP beneficiaries, as of April 6th the allowance will increase by 55p, totaling at £58 per week. If you receive a WPMS allowance then from April 10th you can expect an extra 65p per week, tallying at £64.80.
Following the addition of the new Renault Clio and Renault Twingo in January, Q2 sees more strong additions to the scheme, none more than one seriously impressive MPV.
Renault Grand Scenic Motability
The Renault Grand Scenic is the newest disability car available on the scheme. Boasting a 1.5 diesel engine and 70.6 miles per gallon, the Grand Scenic doesn’t neglect the essentials of an MPV.
With neither head, leg or boot space compromised, the seven seats are split into three rows. The second folds both forward and back while the third sinks into the boot, improving on an already impressive boot space of 596 litres.
Who can use your disability car?
Within the motability scheme, it doesn’t just have to be the person with the disability who can buy or drive a disability car. There are several options to cater for the carer or family member of someone with a disability.
- 2 named people can drive the car with a third driver available for an extra cost.
- The named drivers must live within 5 miles of your home.
- Drivers aged under 25 may have restrictions on what car they can drive.
- Only 1 driver under the age of 21 can drive the car and has to live at your address.
- If a named driver is using the vehicle it must be for the benefit of the disabled person.
Whether it will be you or someone else primarily driving the car, the adaptations you may make will change. For instance, if it will be just you driving, then a smaller car, like the Renault Clio would suffice. However, if you will not be driving and will be a passenger, you may require more space in a disability car like the Captur, Kadjar or Grand Scenic.
Choose from a range of modifications that can benefit your driving experience, the storage in your disability vehicle as well as your accessibility.
|Driving Adaptations||Stowage Adaptations||Accessibility Adaptations|
|Hand Controls||Car Boot Hoist||Transfer Plate|
|Electronic Accelerator||Rooftop Stowage||Electric Person Hoist|
|Left Foot Accelerator||Swivel Seat|
|Remote Control Aids|
Disability car insurance
So, with this many options as to who can drive your car, you may be thinking, how do I insure my disability car?
Thanks to the RSA Motability (RSAM) it’s all very simple, if you’re a named driver shown on the Certificate of Motor Insurance, then you can drive the car.
However, without your name on this certificate you will be unable to drive the car, regardless if you have comprehensive insurance elsewhere.
If you think this may pose an issue then there is no need to worry as you can change your named drivers as often and as many times as you like. Within your insurance you will get tyre and windscreen replacement cover as well as breakdown cover and tax for your vehicle.
Getting a disability car
Now you know what you need about the Motability Scheme and the cars available, you can get on the road to getting your brand new disability car in a few simple steps.
1. Check that you’re eligible for the scheme.
2. Browse our fantastic range of motability offers.
3. Choose your local Renault dealer and speak to a motability specialist.