Disabled Motoring UK
was saddened to hear the announcement from Motability today that significant changes will be made to the Motability scheme. Although these changes are being made to ensure the scheme is protected in years to come there will be less choice for customers in the type of car they can choose.”
When making the announcement Motability Chairman Lord Sterling said: “Despite meeting the mobility needs of disabled people for over 33 years, it is very important that we are not complacent. We must continuously strive for excellence by examining and refining all aspects of the Scheme. During 2011, we have reviewed a number of issues including the range of cars available on the Scheme and the clarity of our policies on how the cars are used and by whom.”
The changes announced today include:
• Limiting the range of vehicles available to cars with an Advance Payment of £2,000 or less, approximating to a Recommended Retail Price limit of circa £25,000. These changes will be fully implemented in December 2011.
• Limiting the nominated drivers to those who live within 5 miles of the customer in order to minimise the risk of the car being used other than for the benefit of the disabled person
• Piloting new vehicle technologies to monitor how cars are used where the greatest risk of abuse is perceived.
• Requiring a Statement of Responsibilities to be signed at the beginning of each lease by the customer and nominated drivers together with the supplying motor dealer to ensure that the key responsibilities of each party have been communicated and are clearly understood.
• No longer accepting nominated drivers under the age of 21 on the Scheme from January 2012, unless they reside with the disabled customer.
• Restricting young drivers under the age of 25 to cars in ABI Insurance Group 16 or lower which also have a power output of 115 BHP or less.
Helen Dolphin, Disabled Motoring UK Director of Policy and Campaigns said: “With so many negative stories in the press it was inevitable that Motability was going to have to make some changes to the scheme. Although it is disappointing that these changes will mean disabled people will have less choice, we know that the longevity of the scheme is the most important thing. The scheme has been running for over 30 years and has helped numerous disabled people to be mobile. We hope that these changes will stop some of the negative press reports and focus future attention on the enormous benefits that this scheme provides to seriously disabled people.”