Driving Mobility Awarded £50k Grant From Motability

Motability, the charity that aims to enable disabled people, their families and their carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair, using their disability benefit, has awarded grant funding of £50,000 to a new Driving Assessment Grant Programme for disabled drivers who do not currently use the scheme.

Thiis.co.uk reports that the grant will mean those who qualify for the pilot scheme to be offered finical support to use Driving Mobility centre services. Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility is the national charity that accredits over 20 driving assessment centres across the UK.

The Driving Assessment Grant Programme will help provide driving assessments, vehicle adaptations and familiarisation lessons on a pilot basis to approximately 50 disabled drivers in receipt of a qualifying means-tested or disability-related benefit, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Assessors at Driving Mobility centres can help recommend appropriate and alternative driving controls, which can include the steering wheel, pedal, seating, and secondary control adaptations, which will enable motorists with a wide range of medical conditions such as a stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, spinal injury and limb loss, to be able to drive safely and comfortably

Edward Trewhella, CEO, Driving Mobility, said that the pilot programme represents significant news to the disabled driving community and that the funding will allow for more opportunities for disabled drivers.

“Driving Mobility has always been fully committed to helping everyone gain independence safely. However, if clients have faced financial challenges, then we have been unable to help,” he said.

“If clients are unable to afford Driving Mobility services or the cost of specialist vehicle controls, this 12-month pilot can cover costs up to a value of £2,000 per application.”

Services offered by Driving Mobility include fitness-to-drive assessments following injury or diagnosis, mobility equipment recommendations and accessible transport advice.

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