Ransome Mobility and the Motability Scheme


Ransome Mobility are an approved installer of Motability car adaptations, which means we can fit a range of driver and passenger aids to vehicles in Suffolk, Essex, and across East Anglia. Here we look at the history of the scheme, and how it has helped thousands of disabled motorists.

The Forerunner was the Invacar

The Motability scheme was founded in 1978 in response to growing calls from the disabled community. Only people who could drive themselves received any State help, usually in the form of a blue trike. This single-seat vehicle was also known as an invalid car, or Invacar, and was leased to disabled drivers as part of their disability benefit.

The vehicle had its disadvantages – it couldn’t carry passengers, which meant it was no use to disabled people who couldn’t drive themselves. Invacars also failed to meet modern safety standards and all of them were recalled by the Government in 2003.

The Early Years

The roots of the Motability scheme can be traced as far back as 1976, when the Government introduced the Mobility Allowance, which became the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. In more recent years this has been replaced by the Personal Independence Payment.

Motability is split into two distinct parts – the charity, which was formed in 1977, and the scheme, which is run by Motability Operations and allows disabled people, their families and carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair with their allowance or benefits. This is not restricted to disabled drivers.

The Growth of the Scheme

The first handover of Motability vehicles took place at Earls Court in London on July 25, 1978. Now the scheme has more than 650,000 customers, and more than two million vehicles have been registered.

In 2003 the scheme celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. This included an adapted Renault Clio to symbolise the way the scheme had given disabled people a new lease of life – even in the remotest parts of the country. The Queen has been Motability’s chief patron since the charity was formed.

We’re an Accredited Installer

Ransome Mobility Solutions are a leading accredited Motability installer, and are premier partners with Motability Operations. This means that, although we do not supply vehicles directly to customers under the scheme, all the car adaptations we provide for customers in Suffolk, Essex and throughout East Anglia will be of the very highest quality.

We can add left foot and twin flip accelerators, steering wheel balls, easy release hand brakes, push pull hand controls and swivel seats to your WAV, depending on your individual needs. Any adaptations we make will be covered by a 12-month warranty, followed by a free annual check-up if required.

We can also fit a range of wheelchair and scooter hoists to your vehicle, and a Carony Drive system which will allow you to drive it from your own wheelchair. Even if you haven’t bought your vehicle from us, our experienced team of engineers will still be able to carry out the work, and at your own home if required.

Getting Your WAV from Ransome Mobility Solutions

At Ransome Mobility Solutions we have a wide range of quality used and nearly new vehicles if you are looking to buy a WAV independently of the Motability scheme. We have been supplying quality used and nearly new vehicles for disabled drivers and passengers in Suffolk, Essex and throughout East Anglia for more than 30 years.

You can check out our current selection by following this link. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, just give us a call on 01473 727263 or email us on info@ransomemobility.co.uk and we should be able to source the ideal vehicle for you.

We can also offer different finance options, including part exchange of your current vehicle, and we have teamed up with Fish Insurance, a firm of insurers who have more than 30 years’ experience in this sector of the market.  All our vehicles come with a minimum warranty of six months.