Funding may be available from Motability Grants but you must be a customer with a car on the scheme to qualify and you must meet the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible you must be a Motability customer with a car, mobility scooter or powered wheelchair through the scheme. There is no upper age limit for applying for funded driving tuition.
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
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Or if you are in full-time education or training aged up to 25 years, and your parents/guardians receive the means tested benefits the funded driving tuition may be available.
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.
For further details please contact Motability on 0300 456 4566 to discuss or visit the website: https://www.motability.org.uk/grants/charitable-grants-available/driving-lessons
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.
Whether you can manage with standard controls or if you need adapted controls BSM will find a specially trained instructor (either a BSM or an independent instructor) with a suitable 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.