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Summary: The summer is set to bring a wide variety of activities to the North East, but none are as highly anticipated as Chase Park Festival. The festival is the biggest open air event of its kind in the UK, bringing together people from all walks of life to experience the best acts that the North East has to offer. The unique event ensures that regardless of ability, everyone can enjoy the event, with accessible facilities for those with disabilities.

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The summer is set to bring a wide variety of activities to the North East, but none are as highly anticipated as Chase Park Festival. The festival is the biggest open air event of its kind in the UK, bringing together people from all walks of life to experience the best acts that the North East has to offer. The unique event ensures that regardless of ability, everyone can enjoy the event, with accessible facilities for those with disabilities.

Alistair McDonald, who organises the event, spoke to us about the history and future of the festival.

Could you tell us a little bit about the history of Chase Park Festival – how and when did the idea for the festival come about?

The festival first started back in 2009. I was working for a care company that provided rehab and care to people with brain and spinal injuries. Once of the clients and his physio approached me with the idea of running an accessible music festival. It all developed from there! The young man in question is called Paul Belk and he is playing on our second stage this year with his band White Dove.

What years have been your most successful?

Michael Eavis from Glastonbury Festival usually says after the event “This was our best festival yet!” and I would tend to echo that approach. Every year we manage to improve the accessibility, grow the crowds and get bigger artists on the bill. Fingers crossed 2017 will be our biggest and best yet. I think this is the strongest line up we have ever had and I think that the move to Saltwell Park should really help us to reach new people.

Are there any artists that you’ve been particularly excited about being involved with the festival?

Over the years we have had some pretty high profile acts such as Ash, The Futureheads, Reverend and The Makers, Turin Brakes and Stornoway all of whom have been fantastic bands. We have also been lucky to have worked with brilliant emerging artists such as The Lake Poets. I have to say that the most exciting artists for me are the ones who perform on our second stage. The second stage is designed to give emerging disabled artists a platform. I love The Sound Beam Band, Aukestra and The Twisting Ducks.

Do you run any other projects alongside the festival?

We have been involved in a number of artist development programs which aim to help disabled musicians to develop their careers in the music industry. We are going to run some smaller gigs later in the year to try and give some exposure to new disabled artists who aren’t quite ready for the festival a chance to perform.

What plans do you have for the future of Chase Park Festival?

We really continue to push the boundaries in terms of what we can do to make the event as accessible as we can, as well as giving disabled musicians as much exposure as we possible. We want to make sure people have a great time so we will always be looking for way to get the best line up possible!

Chase Park Festival will be held on Saturday 26th August 2017 from 12-9PM. Be sure to visit our stand on the day and learn more about how we can help you create the perfect vehicle based on your individual needs.

To learn more about the festival, head over to the official website.

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Summary: Throughout 2016 at Bristol Street Versa we've been celebrating our anniversary, marking 25 years of helping our customers gain mobile independence. As a thank you to our customers, and to show our appreciation to all those who have helped Bristol Street Versa grow and expand, throughout this year with every wheelchair accessible delivered, Bristol Street Versa has donated £10 to specialist disability charities.

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Throughout 2016 at Bristol Street Versa we’ve been celebrating our anniversary, marking 25 years of helping our customers gain mobile independence.

We’ve come a long way since 1991, and over a quarter of a century the business has expanded from an initial tender of just 15 vehicles, to supplying around 450 WAVs to wheelchair users up and down the country. As of this year, we’ve also expanded our services beyond the UK and now export specialist transport solutions across the globe to New Zealand, where adapted vehicles can be hard to come by.

As a thank you to our customers, and to show our appreciation to all those who have helped Bristol Street Versa grow and expand, throughout 2016 we’ve been giving something back to the wider community.

Throughout this year with every wheelchair accessible delivered, Bristol Street Versa has donated £10 to specialist disability charities, to help them continue with their incredibly valuable work.

To shed some more light on the charities we’ve chosen to support – Leonard Cheshire Disability, Whizz Kidz, and the 3H Fund – we’ve put together a short biography of each below.

For over 65 years, Leonard Cheshire Disability has worked in the UK and around the world to help people living with disabilities lead the lives they want to live, without barriers. The charity was founded in 1948 by Leonard Cheshire, an RAF pilot who set up a home for people needing urgent care. Soon, one care home became many, and throughout the 50s, 60s the charity set up a network of homes in the UK and across the world. The 1970’s saw the trail of an innovative new home care service, which Leonard Cheshire Disability still offers today. Today, charity helps to support people with disabilities live and work independently, doing so through a wide network of support programmes, and by challenging ignorance, unfairness, and misconceptions in society.

Whizz Kidz are the leading provider of mobility equipment outside of the NHS, and make it their focus to help the thousands of disabled children living in the UK have a bright and happy future. Founded in 1990, the charity helps to provide children and young people with disabilities the means to lead a fulfilled life, whether that’s a wheelchair, vital mobility equipment, or life journey and skills training. Whizz Kidz makes it their mission to ensure that children with disabilities can access the same opportunities as any other kid, and have the same chances to fulfill their potential.

The 3H Fund – Helping Hands for Holidays – makes it possible for people living with disabilities to have affordable and enjoyable holidays. For carers and the physically disabled holidays are often off the cards, as finding the right transport, accommodation, and care can be incredibly difficult. Through arranging subsidies, specialist care, medical facilities and transport, the 3H Fund gives disabled people the chance to go on fulfilling holidays that meet their needs, whilst carers can relax and have a break of their own.

For the remainder of 2016, we’ll be donating £10 to the charities above with every delivery of a wheelchair accessible vehicle we make, with every purchase made by a customer helping them to continue their valuable work. Thanks to our customers for all their support over the years, here’s to a bright and eventful 2017!

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Title: Bristol Street Versa celebrates 25 years of business

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Summary: This year Bristol Street Versa is celebrating 25 years of helping thousands of wheelchair users stay mobile.

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This year Bristol Street Versa is celebrating 25 years of helping thousands of wheelchair users stay mobile.

Since first being established in Batley back in 1991, the business has grown to become one of the UK’s largest specialist vehicle converters in the UK, transforming ordinary vehicles to provide people with disabilities transport solutions.

Expanding from a first tender of just 15 vehicles, the Versa range now encompasses a wide variety of models and sizes, from large vehicles capable of transporting eight passengers and a wheelchair user, to smaller vehicles suitable for two passengers and wheelchair user.

A quarter century after first being founded, Bristol Street Versa carries out around 450 vehicle conversions a year. As part of Vertu Motors plc, the business is now forecast to turnover more than £12m, and has recently begun exporting its specialist vehicles to New Zealand, providing transport solutions to the largely rural country.

Just one of the thousands of people who have benefited from Versa’s expertise is 28 year old Phil Coppell from Wrexham. Phil has swapped his Motability allowance for a brand new Renault Trafic wheelchair accessible vehicle, which is specially adapted for comfort and access to allow him to get about with ease.

Phil’s mother Carly Coppell, who drives the Trafic, said: : “Our WAV has been a godsend. Phil gets cabin fever very easily so we’re always out visiting attractions and the beach, which would be much more difficult if the vehicle wasn’t so perfectly suited to him.

“When we dealt with the team at Bristol Street Versa, they listened to our requirements and tailored the conversion to make sure we had everything we needed. I really don’t know what we’d do without the van, it makes life so much easier.”

Jo Ellison, general manager at Bristol Street Versa said: “It’s fantastic that Versa has reached this milestone anniversary.

“The business may have grown considerably in size, and the sophistication of conversions has totally transformed, but the core ethos of customer service and satisfaction remains at the very heart of Versa.

“Each and every vehicle is made for a specific customer. We work with both members of the public and a range of corporate clients to ensure that every vehicle we provide perfectly matches their needs, whatever they may be.”

The Motability scheme enables people with disabilities to exchange their Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, their Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), their War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or their Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) for a new car. Since it was first set up in 1978, Motability has helped over 3 million people gain mobile independence with a brand new vehicle. If you’d like to learn more about Motability, take a look at our timeline here.

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Title: Bristol Street Versa to deliver mobility solutions to New Zealand in new Partnership

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Summary: Bristol Street Versa has forged a new international partnership, in a move that will see the specialist wheelchair accessible vehicle retailer export vehicles to New Zealand.

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19729 (1)Bristol Street Versa has forged a new international partnership, in a move that will see the specialist wheelchair accessible vehicle retailer export vehicles to New Zealand.

Bristol Street Versa has joined forces with Auckland-based transport company Auto Brokers and Consultants Ltd, to help provide mobility solutions manufactured to a high quality European standard to the population of New Zealand.

The move towards the partnership began when Noel Fleet of Auto Brokers contacted Joanne Ellison, general manager of Bristol Street Versa, with the hope of finding a company to help fill the gap for high quality mobility solutions and vehicles in New Zealand.

Speaking about the move, Noel said: ““It was clear that the New Zealand market needed a more qualified vehicle. Before we began working with Bristol Street Versa, the market was dominated by vehicles which weren’t subjected to as many quality and safety checks as those sold in Europe. One of the main appeals of working with Bristol Street Versa is the high standard of vehicle that they supply.”

“Since we are one of the first companies in New Zealand to import wheelchair accessible vehicles from Europe, we have had to work closely with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), part of the New Zealand government, that deals with the country’s universal no-fault accidental injury scheme, to bring the approval processes up to European standards.”

Alongside providing a ready stock of vehicles to supply to the public sector, Auto Brokers is hoping that the partnership with will allow it to grow its presence in New Zealand’s private mobility vehicle market.

Since the partnership began in 2015, Bristol Street Versa has already successfully delivered four vehicles to Auto Brokers, and intends to deliver many more throughout 2016.

Bristol Street Versa’s general manager Joanne Ellison said: “At Bristol Street Versa, we pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding customer service to mobility customers. As a specialist retailer, we work closely with our customers to find out the best solution for them, ensuring every customer drives away happy.”

“We are thrilled to now be working internationally with Auto Brokers and delivering our products and services to customers in New Zealand. Our products make a huge difference to the lives of all our customers and it is a pleasure to make such an impact on an international level.”

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Title: A History of Disability in 25 Moments

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Summary: For 25 years, we’ve made it our business to help provide our customers with mobile independence. A lot has changed in that time, from the vehicles available to the types of mobility adaptations we’re able to provide.

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Title: Which WAVs can I get through Motability?

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Summary: If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider.

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Which WAVs Can I Get on Motability

 

If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider. You’ll also need to consider things like upfront cost, the number of seats you’ll need, and whether the wheelchair user will be driving the vehicle when considering which Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle is right for you.

To help you choose the Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle that’s right for you, we’ve put together a quick guide below.

What vehicles are available through Motability?

When considering a Motability lease, many people think they might be more restricted in the options available to them.

However, the Motability scheme allows for a huge choice of vehicles, and in particular wheelchair accessible vehicles.  All major manufacturers have vehicles available on the scheme, and at Bristol Street Versa you’ll find wheelchair accessible options from big names like Ford, Fiat, Volkswagen, and Renault on show.

How much does a WAV cost through Motability?

All vehicles on the Motability scheme are leased, meaning you pay to use the car over a set period, usually 3 or 5 years. However, you’re free to use the vehicle as you wish during this time, and treat it as you would a vehicle you own.

At Bristol Street Versa, we have a selection of wheelchair accessible vehicles available with an Advance Payment starting from around £1595. After this initial advance payment, the vehicle will be financed for the remainder of its lease period using your allocated allowance. This initial payment and the resulting allowance payments cover the costs of servicing, insurance, tax, and warranty, meaning that you won’t have to worry about these.

Bristol Street Versa: Motability Cars List

We have a variety of wheelchair accessible vehicles available on the Motability scheme through Bristol Street Versa, in different sizes and specifications to suit whatever needs you might have. We’ve chosen to run through just three below, but for a wider selection of the wheelchair accessible vehicles available from Bristol Street Versa head over to our Motability section.

Versa Doblo 1.4

WAVS  - Fiat DobloThe Versa Doblo 1.4 is our own accessible version of the Fiat Doblo, and lies at the smaller end of the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock. With two seats as standard alongside room for a wheelchair passenger, the Versa Doblo is a good option if you don’t require lots of room for extra passengers. However, the Versa Doblo can also be fitted with an option for one or two seats in the rear, allowing for more space. Like all the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock, the Versa Doblo is customisable with a range of vehicle adaptations. The Versa Doblo is one of the most affordable Motability vehicles we have in stock, and is available to lease from just £1595.

Versa Connect Long

WAVS - Versa Connect LongThe Versa Connect Long is a modified version of popular Ford Grand Tourneo Connect, and is an ideal wheelchair accessible vehicle for families who might require a little extra passenger room. The Versa Connect wheelchair accessible vehicle can accommodate a wheelchair user plus 5 additional passengers, or a maximum of 7 passengers without the wheelchair user. Wheelchair users can access the vehicle via a simple ramp, which if upgraded can fold away into the vehicle to create a large storage area. The Versa Connect Long comes with Ford’s Stop and Start technology, which alongside its 65mpg makes it an economical wheelchair accessible vehicle that is affordable to run. At Bristol Street Versa we have both automatic and manual versions of the Versa Connect Long, with the manual version available on Motability with an advance payment of only £4295.

Versa Master LWB

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The Versa Master is a converted Renault Master van, and one of the roomiest wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available to lease through the Motability scheme. With a longer wheel base, the Versa Master LWB can accommodate the wheelchair user, driver, and up to 7 other passengers. If required, the Versa Master wheelchair accessible vehicle can also be modified to be able to carry a total of 4 wheelchair passengers. The Master LWB is available on Motability from £10,245 advance payment for the manual version, which includes rear heating and air conditioning as standard.

All the vehicles listed are able to receive specialist attachments and alterations, so if you’re interested in a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle, or would like to enquire about the cost of adaptations on the Motability scheme, then we would love to hear from you. Just make an enquiry online, or get in touch with our friendly customer services team. We can’t show you all the vehicles available on Motability, so why not take a look at the full range we have online.

 

 

 

 

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Summary: Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access.

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Am I Eligible for Motability

Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access. This way, people who may not have previously been able to drive, let alone get in a vehicle, can have the same freedoms as the general public.

If you think that the scheme could help you, but are not sure whether you’re eligible for Motability, we’ve put a guide together to help. With the information below, you can figure out your eligibility for Motability, and how to get a Motability car.

What allowances do I need to receive?

Eligibility for Motability is primarily assessed based on allowances supplied by the Government. If you receive one or more types of the following four Government allowances, you could be eligible to receive a car on the scheme.

  1. Disability Living Allowance

You’re eligible for Motability if you’re in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility band of Disability Living Allowance, provided by the Department of Work and Pensions. Currently, this allowance is £57.45 a week, which can then be used to fund a Motability vehicle. However, in order to receive a vehicle on the scheme, you’ll need to prove that you still have a years’ worth of the allowance remaining to be paid to you.

  1. Personal Independence Payment

Whilst the Disability Living Allowance is still in effect, it is set to be gradually phased out and replaced with something called Personal Independence Payment. Currently this replacement is not in full effect. However, those who are receiving PIP, and are getting the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component – currently £57.45 – will be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Motability scheme.

  1. War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

Veterans UK provide supplements to those in receipt of pension who were medically discharged from service. If you’re currently receiving a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement of £64.15 per week, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

  1. Armed Forces Independence Payment

Those injured as a result of active service in the armed forced are eligible to receive Armed Forces Independence Payment, and a mobility payment. The Mobility component of AFIP is £57.45, and if you’re receiving this, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

How long should I have received this allowance?                                                   

When applying for Motability, there is no time limit on how long you’ve received an allowance. Whether you’ve received a mobility allowance for 5 years or 5 months, you may still be eligible for Motability.

However, how long you’ll be receiving the allowance will be taken into account. In order to get a Motability car lease, you’ll need to be receiving any of the above allowances for a minimum of 12 months into the future. If you do not have at least 12 months remaining, you won’t be eligible for Motability.

Is there an age limit on Motability?

Those above the age of 3 and in receipt of any of the above allowances could be eligible to lease a car on Motability. Whilst there is a minimum age required, there is no upper age limit. However, in certain cases individual circumstances may need to be assessed.

I’m unable to drive – am I still eligible?

If you don’t hold a valid UK license, you can still be eligible for Motability. The same applies to those who hold a license, but are no longer able to drive themselves.

To account for those who are unable to drive, when taking out a Motability lease, you’ll be given the option of naming up to 2 drivers; neither of which has to be yourself. A named driver could be member of family, a friend, or a carer.

However, in order to be named as a nominated driver, a person must meet certain requirements.

  • Named Motability drivers must hold a valid driving license. If the license is valid but not UK issued, the driver will need to undergo additional checks to decide eligibility.
  • Motability drivers must not have any previous convictions or disqualifications to legally drive a leased car.
  • Ideally, any nominated drivers should live within 5 miles of the Motability scheme customer’s place of abode. However, this is flexible and suitability can be assessed individually.
  • If naming more than one driver, only one driver can be under 21. This should ideally be someone who lives with the Motability customer. If drivers are under 25, there are restrictions on the type of vehicles able to be leased.

Will my disability influence whether I’m eligible?

When working out the eligibility of scheme members, individual disabilities are not taken into account. All that’s required is that scheme members are receiving one of the stated allowances.

However, if your application has been successful, and you’re eligible for Motability, we can take your individual circumstances into account when helping you choose a vehicle. We have vehicles available to suit a wide range of individual circumstances, and so we’ll be able to help you choose a vehicle that will truly be best for you.

We hope this guide has given you some idea of whether you’re eligible for Motability. If you’re still thinking “can I get a Motability car?”, and would like some professional advice, you can always get in touch with the team at Bristol Street Versa. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you decide whether Motability is right for you, and even let you know which wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available that would suit your needs best.

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Motability adaptations

Here at Bristol Street Versa we are able to provide and fit a wide range of mobility enhancing vehicle adaptations and accessories into your car or wheelchair accessible vehicle. Whatever your specific needs are, it’s likely that there will be a vehicle adaptation designed to make your life easier. To help make you aware of the types of car adaptations for disabled drivers that are available when choosing a vehicle, we’ve put together a brief guide with all the introductory information about vehicle adaptations you’ll need.

What is a vehicle adaptation?

A vehicle adaptation is a change made to improve the accessibility or functionality of a vehicle for a disabled person. Adaptations can generally be broken down into three areas:

  1. Access adaptations – Adaptations designed to make it easier for a person to get in and out of a vehicle.
  2. Stowage adaptations – Adaptations that alter and improve a vehicle’s storage facilities, to allow for wheelchair and scooter stowage.
  3. Driving adaptations – Fittings installed to make it possible or easier for a person to drive.

What type of vehicle adaptations are there? 

Vehicle adaptations come in a number of different types to suit. Below, we’ve broken down vehicle adaptions into the access, stowage, and driving areas, and included specific fixtures within these.

Access

Swivel seats

  • Swivel seats allow for easy access to the vehicle for wheelchair users, scooter users, and for those with limited mobility. A swivel seat is a seat that is able to be turned to face out from the vehicle, making it easier to get in and out. Swivel seats can either be manually powered or motor powered, and can be designed so the base of the seat allows for a wheelchair to be inserted.

 Electric Hoist

  • Electric hoists are fittings that physically lift a person into a vehicle. Generally, these consist of a permanent but discrete fitting added to the door of a vehicle, and a separate frame attachment. When a person with limited mobility needs to get into the vehicle, the frame will be attached to the permanent door fixture alongside a hoist, and the person will be lifted into the seat.

Wheelchair and Scooter Stowage

Car boot hoist

  • A car boot hoist is a type of wheelchair lift that allows a scooter or wheelchair to be easily lifted and stowed in a car boot. Depending on the size of your car, and the size of your wheelchair/scooter, you may need to choose a certain type of hoist. Mini, Midi, and Maxi hoists allows for chairs and scooters from 40kg to over 100kg to be lifted into the car boot via a permanent hoist and removable frame. A platform hoist on the other hand, allows for a scooter or wheelchair to be driven onto a permanent platform, and lifted onto a boot; however, this is only suitable for larger vehicles.

Rooftop stowage

  • This is a hoist that allows for a wheelchair to be lifted onto and stored in a rooftop stowage compartment. Rooftop stowage is a useful alternative to a car boot hoist if you have a smaller vehicle, or if you simply need boot space for other things.

Driving

Left Foot Accelerators

  • Left foot accelerator pedals are used by those who have limited use of their right leg, and who thus may find it difficult to use a standard accelerator. Left hand accelerators don’t have to be permanent, and can be easily placed in by a mobility driver if needed. This allows for the traditional accelerator set up to still be used; useful if a vehicle has more than one nominated driver.

Hand Controls

  • Hand controls for cars are ideal for those who find traditional brake and acceleration controls difficult. The most common hand control is a push/pull device. This adaptation is typically installed as a lever connected to the brake and accelerator, allowing a user to drive with their hand of choice.

Electronic Accelerators

  • Electronic accelerator systems are designed for those who find both traditional and hand operated accelerators difficult to use. Installed as either a ring over the steering wheel or as a finger operated trigger, they require minimal effort and power to be used.

Pedal Extension

  • Ideal for those who have difficulty reaching the pedals in a vehicle. A pedal extension is a fixture that can be simply fitted over existing pedals, bringing them closer to a driver.

Steering Aid

  • For Motability customers that find it difficult to keep hold of a steering wheel, a steering wheel aid could help. The most common steering aid is a steering ball. This is a simple ball attached to the wheel that allows for easier grip.

Remote Controls

  • If you find it difficult to reach or use the horn, windscreen wipers, lights, or more when driving, a remote control device could help. This is a steering wheel mounted control, making all the necessary features accessible from one place.

How do I find out which vehicle adaptations are right for me?

There’s bound to be a vehicle adaptation that will suit you, whatever your needs might be.  When you get in touch with Bristol Street Versa to enquire about a new wheelchair accessible vehicle, you should ensure that you let a member of the team know about any specific requirements you might have. We can also help with enquiries about Motability, so if you think you’re eligible to receive adaptations through the Motability scheme then let us know.

We hope this guide has given you a good introduction to the range of different vehicle adaptations available. If you’d like to know more about vehicle adaptations, why not get in touch with Bristol Street Versa today.

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Since being founded in 1978, Motability has helped millions of people in the UK to get access to life changing vehicles. It’s estimated that over 640,000 people of all ages and backgrounds benefit from the scheme, which allows those with disabilities to affordably drive the vehicles that are right for them.

If you think you might be eligible to receive the benefits of Motability, but don’t know the full ins and outs of the scheme, we’re here to help. With our full guide to Motability, we’ve put together all the information you could need to know before deciding whether to look into the scheme. With eligibility, pricing, and the benefits of the scheme all covered, we’ve provided a full introduction to Motability.

What is Motability?

Motability is a scheme that helps disabled people to lease brand new cars, scooters, and wheelchairs by using their government-funded mobility allowance. If a person receives a regular government mobility allowance, they can exchange all or some of this to fund a lease car. When a person leases a car under Motability, they may also be able to receive Motability adaptations. These adaptations are designed to make it easier for those with specific needs to drive, and can be simply installed into most cars when needed.

What are the benefits of Motability?

The Motability scheme presents a number of benefits for disabled people. Members of the Motability scheme can get:

  • A new lease vehicle every 3 years
  • Insurance, maintenance and servicing readily organised, and carried out free of charge.
  • Full breakdown assistance included in all lease packages.
  • Replacement tyres and windscreens when needed.
  • Vehicle tax readily paid and arranged.

If you need vehicle adaptations – such as steering wheel alterations, pedal rearrangements, and wheelchair lifts – you may be able to receive these free of charge. However, not all adaptations are free, so you should always ask your dealership about the potential extra costs of any extras you might need.

Who is eligible for Motability?

Eligibility for Motability depends on a number of factors. As mentioned, the main prerequisite is that all applicants must receive some form of government funded disability allowance. At the moment, these allowances are:

Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)

Only those in receipt of the highest amount of the Disability Living Allowance are eligible to be considered for Motability. As of April 2015, this amount is currently £57.45.

Enhanced Rate of Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)                       

Personal Independence Payment was introduced by the Government to replace Disability Living Allowance for people of working age.  This has seen many new recipients of the benefit with different qualifying criteria and assessments are currently taking place across the country.  If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP, currently, £57.45 a week, then you may be eligible to receive Motability.

Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

AFIP was introduced in 2012, to compensate veterans of the British Army injured as a result of active service. The mobility component of AFIP is currently £57.45, the same as DLA and PIP, and if you’re in receipt of this you may be eligible for Motability.

War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

This is an allowance paid by Veterans UK to those injured in active service, and is currently £64.15 a week. Those who receive this mobility supplement are able to apply for Motability.

Applicants must have at least 12 months left of any allowance to be eligible to join the Motability scheme. There is no upper age limit for drivers on the scheme; as long as drivers are the legal 17 or above, they’re eligible to join.

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How much does a Motability car cost?

A large range of vehicles are available through the Motability scheme, all paid for by exchanging all or part of your disability living allowance.

Around 200 Motability cars are currently available at a lower cost than any of the above allowances, and many more can be accessed by exchanging the entirety of your allowance. If the cost is lower than the whole of the disability payment, they will still be regularly paid the remainder of the allowance.

A wider choice of vehicles is available if you decide to pay an advance payment. This is a one off payment given at the beginning of a lease period, in addition to the payments supported by your mobility allowance. This payment is payable on the day you collect your car, or the day before.

Who can drive a Motability car?

Two named drivers are allowed to be added when leasing a Motability vehicle; this can include the disabled person themselves, family members, carers, or friends. This means that you don’t necessarily need to be able to drive or hold a driving license to join Motability, as the both named driver positions can be taken up by others. Nominated drivers must be named when taking out a lease on a vehicle, and will need to provide certain information about themselves. A third driver can also be added if necessary, but this comes at an additional cost.

Certain restrictions apply to nominated drivers, listed below.

  • Only one nominated driver is permitted to be under 21, providing they live at the same address as the customer.
  • Drivers under 25 will be restricted to driving vehicles that fall within lower insurance groups.
  • Nominated drivers should live within 5 miles of the Motability scheme member’s address. However, exceptions will be considered in cases where the proposed drivers are essential to the support of the customer’s mobility and Motability are satisfied that the car will be used for the customers benefit.
  • Drivers with certain criminal convictions or driving disqualifications may not be permitted to be nominated.

If needed, your nominated drivers can be changed part of the way through a lease period; this needs to be done through contact with RSA Motability. A temporary nominated driver can also be added if and when necessary, for a period of 30 days at a time. However, if the temporary driver is the third driver added to the lease, this will come at a cost.

How do I get a Motability car?

Once you’ve worked out whether you’re eligible for Motability, you can get started looking for a vehicle. Motability vehicles from a range of manufacturers can be leased from Bristol Street Motors dealerships up and down the UK, with all of these having at least one member of staff trained to deal with Motability queries.

Getting a new Motability vehicle involves a few easy steps:

  • Before heading to a Bristol Street Motors dealership, it’s always a good idea to ring ahead or get in touch beforehand, and book an appointment with the Motability specialist. This way, you can be certain that there will be someone there who can fully handle your queries when you visit.
  • When you come see one of our Motability specialists, they should be able to let you know exactly what’s available to you on the scheme. Simply tell them a little about yourself, such as any specific needs you might have, how much you’re able to spend, and who will be driving the car. It is important to bring along your award notice or letter of entitlement confirming your allowance and length of award, proof of address (a utility bill addressed to the customer dates within the last three months), driving licences of all those to drive the car and the Dealer Guidelines letter if you have been awarded a grant.
  • Once we know what you’re looking for, and what you need, we’ll be able to suggest the options that are best for you. We’ll also be able to tell you about any adaptations we think would be suitable for you.
  • Once you’ve decided on the Motability car that you think is right for you, we’ll order it in for you, complete with any adaptations. Delivery can take up to a few weeks, and we’ll keep in touch to let you know of the progress. In the meantime, you’ll be given a Personal Identification Number – keep hold of this.
  • Once your car arrives we will arrange a convenient time for you to come in to the dealership On collecting the car you will be required to enter your PIN as an electronic signature and acceptance of the contract hire agreement.
  • Then, our Motability specialist will check over the car with you explaining controls, features and equipment.

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Is Motability right for me?

If you have a disability and receive some form of mobility allowance – or care for someone who does – you may want to consider Motability. To help you make a decision, here’s a summary of how to get Motability, and what it can do for you.

  • If you receive some form of government funded mobility allowance, you might be able to get a Motability car.
  • Cars on the Motability scheme can be leased for 3 years, and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles can be leased for 5 years.
  • Over 2000 vehicles are available on the scheme, from all major manufacturers.
  • You may be able to receive vehicle adaptations to help driving easier and more comfortable; some of these come free of charge.
  • You don’t need to drive to get a Motability car, as you’ll simply need to name someone who can drive for you.
  • You can join Motability as a carer on behalf of another person, so long as this person is above 3 years of age.

If the above sounds like something you’d be eligible for, or interested in, then Motability might be right for you. To find out what the Motability scheme can do for you, why not get in touch with a Bristol Street Motors dealership near you. Or, why not just take a look at the Motability vehicles we have available online right now.

Author: Tom