A Handy List of the Motoring Benefits Disabled People Can Claim

Wheelchair Access Vehicles East Anglia - Ransome Mobility

As there have been a few changes in the law recently, Ransome Mobility, who specialise in vehicle adaptations for wheelchair access vehicles throughout East Anglia, have compiled this handy guide as to what disabled people are eligible to claim, whether they are passengers or drive their own adapted vehicle.

Vehicle Tax Exemption

You don’t have to pay your vehicle tax if you are already receiving:

  • The higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • The enhanced rate mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • The higher rate mobility component of the Child Disability Payment
  • The War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • The Armed Forces Independence Payment.

You can either claim the vehicle tax exemption yourself, or for a designated driver (who won’t be allowed to use the vehicle for their personal use). It is important to bear in mind that you can only claim it on one vehicle at a time, not multiple vehicles in one application.

You can also claim a 50% reduction in your vehicle tax if you get the standard rate mobility component of the PIP.

In all cases, whether you are claiming a full or partial exemption, you will need a variety of documents, including logbooks, MOT certificates and a statement from the Department of Work and Pensions about your PIP rate.

For more information, visit the Government’s own website (www.gov.uk), and go to the section covering disabled drivers.

VAT Relief on a New Adapted Vehicle

You may be able to buy a new vehicle VAT free under the terms and conditions of the VAT Notice 1002 ‘VAT Relief on Adapted Motor Vehicles for Disabled People and Charities’. However, there are lots of rules and regulations regarding what you have to be suffering from to qualify, and the vehicles that are eligible. The vehicle must also be ‘substantially and permanently adapted’ for you.

Don’t confuse the 20% zero-VAT reduction with any discount which the dealer is offering. The zero-VAT discount is an HMRC one to allow you, as a wheelchair user, to pay for the adaptations, which are also VAT-free.

Follow this link to one of our previous blogs where the situation is explained in more detail.

The Blue Badge Parking Scheme

This provides a range of benefits for disabled drivers or passengers who have difficulty walking. In 2019 the scheme was extended to cover so-called ‘hidden disabilities’ so that people with ADHD, epilepsy, amnesia, ME and autism could also receive one.

Those who receive a PIP or the higher rate of the Mobility Component of the DLA automatically qualify. People who have a disability that makes it difficult to walk very far may also be eligible, but they may need to provide medical evidence.

The badges usually last for three years, so don’t forget to reapply before the old one runs out. In England a badge costs up to £10, in Scotland it is £20, and in Wales it is free. Exactly how it works and what subsidies you get, depends on your local council – so contact them for more details.

The Motability Scheme

This can be traced back to the 1970s and the introduction of the Mobility Allowance (now the PIP). Today, it is split into a charitable arm and Mobility Operations, which allow disabled people to lease a vehicle under the scheme.

Ransome does not supply vehicles directly to customers under the scheme, but we are Premier Partners with Motability and are an accredited installer of vehicle adaptations.

Vehicle Adaptations from Ransome Mobility

Vehicle adaptations that Ransome Mobility can fit include twin flip accelerators, steering wheel balls and a range of hand controls. So, if you can’t find your ideal vehicle in our current range of WAVS for sale in for customers in  Suffolk, Norfolk and across East Anglia.  Let us know what you want, and we’ll do our best to either source it for you from our wide network of contacts, or we will adapt a suitable vehicle for your specific needs.

If you would like to know more, call us on 01473 727263 or click here and fill in our online contact form.

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