Sir George today presented the keys of a new Motability car to constituent Joseph Wade. The presentation took place at Andover Ford, Weyhill Road, Hampshire.
Joseph, 75, is retired, and lives in Andover with his wife Sylvia. He said: “Before joining Motability, it was very difficult to get around. The Scheme gave me back my independence and freedom. It’s great to know that I can go out and visit my family, knowing that I am not confined to my house.
“I am delighted to be collecting the keys to my new Ford Focus today. I have now been leasing cars with Motability for 25 years and the Scheme remains invaluable to me.”
Sir George Young Bt MP said: “It is a pleasure to present Joseph with the keys to his new car. I remember the "trikes" back in the 60's driven by disabled drivers. They weren't very safe, and there was no room for a passenger. I was a Minister at the DHSS when this scheme was starting in the 1970s, so it is fantastic to see Motability continuing to benefit people like Joseph 35 years on.” Sir George said that the Motability scheme was an important component of a whole range of policies emerging from the disability discrimination legislation that started in the 1970's, which now encompasses building regulations so places of work were easily accessible, public transport so buses, trains and taxis were more user-friendly and legislation on employment.
Sir Gerald Acher, Vice-Chairman of Motability, commented: “We would like to thank Sir George and Joseph for joining us on this very special occasion. In 35 years we have supplied more than 3 million vehicles in the UK, and we look forward to supporting many more disabled people with their mobility in the future.”
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• The Motability Scheme is the UK’s leading car scheme for disabled people. It provides affordable, convenient, trouble-free motoring to over 610,000 disabled customers and their families. Powered wheelchairs and scooters can also be financed using the Motability Scheme.
• The Scheme is available to anyone who receives the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). Customers simply transfer their mobility allowance to Motability to lease or purchase a car, powered wheelchair or scooter.
• For those customers choosing a car with no Advance Payment, through the Contract Hire Scheme, their mobility allowance will cover the total cost of the vehicle, including insurance, tyre and windscreen replacement, servicing, breakdown cover and road tax. Some 450 models of car are currently available to lease with no Advance Payment.
• As part of the Contract Hire package, a range of popular adaptations are available at no additional cost, such as push-pull hand controls and left-foot accelerators.
• The Scheme is directed and overseen by Motability, a national charity, which also provides financial assistance to customers, who would otherwise be unable to afford the mobility solution they need.
• Motability Operations is the not-for-profit company that operates the Motability Scheme, under contract to Motability.
• More information about the Motability Scheme can be obtained by telephoning 0845 456 4566 or by visiting www.motability.co.uk.