Use your mobility allowance to lease a scooter or powered wheelchair with Motability.

Use your mobility allowance to lease a scooter or powered wheelchair with Motability.

Most scooters and powered wheelchairs cost less to lease per week than your mobility allowance, so the remainder of your allowance continues to be paid directly to you. The cost of your lease includes what we call our worry-free package.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to join the Motability Scheme, you need to receive one of the following mobility allowances and you must have at least 12 months’ award length remaining.


    • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
    • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
    • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
Travel Scooters

Light and easy to transport, these scooters usually dismantle into a few parts to allow you to stow it in a car boot. You’ll need to make sure that any small scooter you lease can fit easily into your car, and that you, or your carer, are physically able to lift it into the boot easily. These scooters are often made with a lighter frame to make them easier to transport, but this means there is a limit to the amount of passenger weight they can carry and the distance they can travel before the battery needs to be recharged

    • Not suitable for use on the road
    • Small, compact and lightweight
    • Fold or dismantle for storage and/or transportation
    • Can be used around the home
    • Generally have a lower maximum weight capacity, usually up to 135kg or 21 stone
    • Have a smaller average range that can be travelled without requiring the battery to be recharged, usually up to a maximum of around 10 miles.
Pavement Scooters
Pavement Scooters

Generally sturdier and able to transport more weight than small scooters, medium scooters can travel at speeds of up to 6mph. They are not as easy to fold or dismantle so may be more difficult to transport in a car. Speak to your dealer to find out which models you can dismantle. A Class 3 medium scooter can be used on the road if they are registered.

    • Most models will have a greater travel range than small scooters, generally a maximum of around 20 miles
    • Some have a greater weight capacity, ranging from around 135kg to 150kg (21 to 25 stone), depending on the model
    • Many have a wider turning circle than smaller models.
6-8 mph Scooters
6-8mph scooters

Suitable for longer distances and rougher surfaces, these scooters can carry between 20 to 30 stone (up to a maximum of 250kg) in passenger weight. Due to the size of these scooters, you’ll need to have space to store them in a secure, locked area. All Motability 6-8 mph scooters are classified as Class 3 products by the Department for Transport so they must be registered with the DVLA; this can be arranged for you by your dealer. They can travel up to 8mph on the road (4mph limit on paths).

    • Can be used on roads if registered
    • Maximum speed of 8mph
    • Generally have larger seats and can carry more weight
    • Generally have a greater battery range, meaning they can travel further between charging, usually up to 25 or 30 miles
    • Require more storage space in a secure, locked area
    • Include lights, indicators and horn
    • Not easily transportable.
Standard Powered Wheelchairs

These powered wheelchairs come fitted with standard seats and controls, although they will vary between individual models. Many models will fold or dismantle to allow you to transport them in a car.

    • Some adaptations cannot be added to these wheelchairs
    • These wheelchairs are available through all of the Motability powered wheelchair dealer network.
Complex Powered Wheelchairs

These are standard powered wheelchairs that have had several adaptations or accessories fitted to them to better meet your needs and to make mobility easier for your specific disability.

Custom-Built Powered Wheelchairs

Whatever your requirements and wherever you live in the UK our dealers can tailor a powered wheelchair to suit your specific needs. Custom-built powered wheelchairs are built with various adaptations and modifications. They use advanced technology so even if you have very limited movement it is likely that you’ll find a suitable product. If you believe you need a custom solution, please let us know.

What else is included in the scheme?

    • Insurance cover
    • Breakdown assistance and cover
    • Servicing, damage and repair

What's next?

Give us a call! We will ask some questions, explain the scheme and arrange a demonstration once we’ve figured out what products may be suitable for you. will come to you and carry out an initial assessment of your home and ask questions to ensure we find the best product for you.

Call us on 0800 083 2622 or contact your local Mobility Your Way showroom.

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