Driving and Owning a Car
The following sites give details on the support available to help young people with SEND with learning to drive.
Disabled Motoring UK
The charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders working with government and businesses across the UK in order to improve parking, refuelling, and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need. Visit Disabled Motoring UK's website (external link).
Help from home with the Driving Theory Test
Free and unlimited resources to help those who might need extra assistance to pass their Driving Theory Test are available online for library members. Go to 'Theory Test Pro' and log in with your library card number (external link).
The Family Fund
The Family Fund administers a Driving Ambitions grant to help eligible disabled young people aged 16 and 17 to start learning to drive by funding a combination of provisional licence, theory test, learning materials and a taster lesson. Visit The Family Fund website (external link).
The Motability Scheme
The Motability Scheme can help towards the cost of driving lessons for young people aged 16-29 who receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and already have, or are in the process of applying for, a Motability car. Phone 0844 8000 900 for Grants or 0845 456 4566 for Customer Care Line. Visit Motability website (external link).
The True Colours Trust
The True Colours Trust provides grants for young people and their families (including siblings) aged 18-26 who have a disability and are receiving income- related benefits or on a low income. These grants can be used to fund driving lessons. 020 7410 0330. Visit The True Colours Trust website (external link).
Enables people who receive either the higher rate mobility component of DLA or the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP to exchange their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair. The person with the disability does not need to be the person who will drive the car. 0845 456 4566. Visit the Motability website (external link).
QEF Mobility Services
Practical advice, assessment and training for people with disabilities wishing to learn how to drive or return to driving following an accident or illness. 020 8770 1151 Visit the QEF website (external link).
Recipients of the higher rate mobility component of DLA or the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP are exempt from paying vehicle tax: this can be for their own vehicle or that of a nominated carer. The exemption can be claimed when applying for a tax disc by providing the serial number on the certificate of entitlement for DLA or PIP. Recipients of PIP standard rate mobility component are entitled to a 50% reduction in their vehicle tax. For more information on how to apply for the reduction contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on [0300 790 6802. Visit the Government website for more information on vehicle tax (external link).
Please note that if you qualify for road tax exemption, you may use the Dartford Tunnel toll and bridge, free of charge. You will need to register your car by completing and returning an application form available from: 01322 280200/ 01322 221603 .