The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to use their government-funded mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
The Scheme is open to anyone who receives one of the following benefits, and has at least 12 months’ award length remaining when they apply.
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
Non-drivers can apply for a car as a passenger, nominating two other people as drivers, and a parent or carer can apply on behalf of a child aged three or older.
You can find more information about the Motability Scheme on their website.
NHS choices has information about mobility equipment, wheelchairs and scooters.
There are charities that specialise in supplying all kinds of mobility equipment not available on the NHS. This includes powered, manual or sports wheelchairs, walkers, trikes, scooters and car seats. Some of these are listed under ‘Explore the topic’ on this page.