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Whether you are a wheelchair-using driver or passenger looking for a WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle), or someone with reduced mobility or dexterity seeking hand controls and other adapted driving controls, you should find what you need here.
The motoring section is divided into:
Control Adaptations – ways of adapting both the main driving controls and secondary controls of a vehicle to overcome disabilities.
Aids for getting in and out – whether you are a wheelchair user looking for ramps or hoists to get a chair in and out of the car, or an ambulant driver or passenger who has difficulty getting in and out yourself.
Car Conversions – the lowdown on family cars and people carriers that have been specially adapted to take a wheelchair.
Accessories – from garage door openers to parking sensors, motoring accessories that make life easier.
Electric vehicles – do your bit to save the planet with an alternative to the internal combustion engine.
Blue Badge Parking Permits – who qualifies, how to apply
People with severely reduced mobility who qualify for the higher rate mobility component of DLA (Disability Living Allowance), can use this money to fund the lease of a vehicle on the Motability scheme. Broadly, the way this works is that you make an advance payment, typically some £2000, though for some conversions, it may be considerably more, and thereafter, the monthly DLA mobility payment goes directly to Motability.
The lease term on a WAV is five years, and at the end of that time, it can be exchanged for a new vehicle, in the same way – provided you still qualify for the higher rate mobility component of PIP, which is the current benefit for people with disabilities, replacing DLA. Current recipients of DLA will in due course be reassessed for PIP, on a rolling programme.
You can find out more from the Motability helpline on: 0845 456 4566. We also have a page about Motability Transitional Support for individuals who lose their eligibility for the scheme in mid-contract.
For all those people who don’t qualify for the Motability scheme, or who prefer not to use their monthly benefit to pay for a car, there is a good market in second-hand WAVs, which offers a considerable cost saving, as with any vehicle. Typically, pre-owned WAVs offered for sale by specialist dealers tend to be single owner and low mileage, with a good service history.
If you need wheelchair accessible transport, or a car with adapted driving controls, for a short time only, it is possible to hire an adapted vehicle – either small or large – on a self-drive rental basis.
Care homes, community transport providers and other professionals can find information on Accessible Transport in our Care Professional products section

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