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Adapted cars are vehicles issued to the disabled to allow them to travel without burden of their disability. They usually includes features such as: adaptive driving systems and aids like special hand controls, left foot gas pedals and other pedal extensions, driver seat adaptations, wheelchair lifts and ramps, etc.
In the UK adapted cars can be obtained from a scheme called "Motability". Motability is a registered charity, and not as many people believe, is also a government agency. Entitled to obtain an adapted car through the Motability scheme are persons with long term illness, permanent physical disablement and those who find it physically exerting to walk long distances, like multiple sclerosis sufferers. The conditions for owning adapted cars are that the person must hold a drivers licence and the disablement must allow them to fully operate a car, otherwise an adapted car cannot be issued.
The Motability car scheme works as follows:
the cars are leased to disabled individuals with a "Mileage Limit", this means that the persons can drive their adapted cars until their limit is reached, and the cars must be returned to Motability. Actually, there are two mileage options: the five-year offer which includes 100,000 miles, and a three-year offer which includes 60,000 miles.
To be entitled to an adapted car, the subject must be receiving either a Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC), or War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS); must have an illness that is proven by a doctor to require transport; must have an illness that allows the person to fully operate the adapted car; must hold a full driving licence (unless on lease agreement) and must not have any previous driving convictions or disqualifications.
If the person is disabled to a point where they cannot drive, two friends, relatives or carers can be nominated to drive the car instead. The nominees, however, must not have any serious convictions, disqualifications, or other endorsements within the last five years. Only one named driver can be under the age of 21, and drivers under the age of 25 can only drive cars in the lower insurance groups of one to 18. Holders of provisional licenses who wish to drive the car, must be over 21.
Benefits - As you can easily assume, the Motability scheme is helpful to those who cannot afford their own car, but require one. The scheme allows a customer to pick almost any car they wish and it includes insurance, maintenance, servicing, taxes and full RAC breakdown assistance. It also caters for people who use wheelchairs, and can modify the car to allow the person to enter and exit the car easily from their wheelchair, at no extra cost. Of course it has an own range of affordable options: the adapted cars usually have a good credit deal and are easy to afford.
Other details on the motability scheme can be found on the project’s website.
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