Motability has awarded Driving Mobility grant funding of £50,000 to pilot a new Driving Assessment Grant Programme for disabled drivers who do not currently use the Motability Scheme.
The Driving Assessment Grant Programme will help to 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.
Edward Trewhella, CEO, Driving Mobility, said: “This new funding from Motability will open up even more opportunities for disabled drivers through our specialist services. 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.
“This new pilot means we are able to support those who qualify – resulting in less restrictions for us and more drivers living life to the full. Alongside our relationship with Motability, we are supported by the Department for Transport; this new pilot programme fits perfectly with their inclusive strategy.
“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. In special circumstances, applications over this amount may be considered, however, every client is assessed on a case-by-case basis, with each regional centre managing their individual allocated budgets. The pilot programme represents significant news to the disabled driving community.”