How much will tuition cost and is there any help available?
Learning to drive can be expensive:
- Your first provisional licence currently costs £34.
- The average driving lesson costs between £25-£35 per hour.
- Theory test is £23 and practical test is £62.
- The average student takes between 45 -55 hours tuition to get to test standard.
That adds up to a total cost of between £1244 – £2044, assuming that you pass both theory and practical tests at the first attempt.
You would be strongly advised to ensure that funding is in place before starting tuition, so that the driving lessons can continue un-interrupted.
Is there any financial assistance to help pay for driving lessons?
- If you are a Motability customer and already have a car on the scheme then funding may be available from Motability Grants but you must be a customer to qualify and you must meet the eligibility criteria.
Up to 40 hours of driving lessons may be available from Motability for those who receive certain means tested benefits (Income Support, Income related Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit (guarantee credit), Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income-related ESA or Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit) or those in full-time education or training aged up to 25 years, whose parents/guardians receive the means tested benefits. Full time education is defined as education in pursuit of a course, where a substantial period of each week is spent receiving tuition, engaging in practical work, receiving supervised study or taking examinations. Training is defined as an unpaid apprenticeship.
There is now no age limit for this scheme but you must be a Motability customer who currently has a car, mobility scooter or powered wheelchair on the scheme.
For further details please contact Motability on 0300 456 4566 to discuss or visit the website http://www.motability.co.uk/understanding-the-scheme/financial-help/.
The Motability funded tuition is managed by BSM. 14 hours tuition is initially funded during which time the theory test must be passed, the grant for the final 26 hours tuition will only then be made. It is important therefore that study for the theory test is started as soon as possible, if it is not passed within the first 14 hours of tuition, funding will stop; tuition can continue but it will have to be self funded until the theory test is passed.
Where adapted controls are required BSM will find a specially trained instructor (either a BSM or an independent instructor) with a suitably adapted tuition car; if more specialist controls are required and driving schools have not got a suitably adapted vehicle then tuition can be undertaken in the client’s adapted car. If there is any difficulty finding a driving instructor in your area contact Disability Driving Instructors via the Contact Us page.
Alternative sources of finance
- If following an accident you are making a legal claim for compensation, talk to your solicitor about the cost of driving lessons being added to the claim.
- Charities – it is possible to apply for grant assistance from many charities for small pockets of money (circa £200) – means testing may apply.
- Other organisations such as the local Chamber of Commerce may provide financial assistance.
- Employers may provide financial assistance if driving is required for the job.
- Disability Grants may help: www.disability-grants.org/funding-for-driving-lessons.html