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Scooters, powered wheelchairs and mobility cars

This page tells you about scooters, powered wheelchairs and mobility cars. Click on the following topics to go straight to the section you are interested in:

Which ones can go on buses?

Before deciding what to buy, you may want to check which ones can go on buses and trams. First Mainline are updating their information about which scooters and power wheelchairs can go on the bus. You can call 01709 566000 to find out more.

Stagecoach buses have produced a leaflet which says which mobility scooters or power wheelchairs go on their buses. To get a copy of the leaflet download the information leaflet at the bottom of the page or ring 0114 2039318.

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What is Motability?

Motability provides disabled people and their families with a new car. Powered wheelchairs and scooters are also available.

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Who can apply?

The Motability Scheme is available to anyone who is receiving one of the following benefits, and has at least 12 months award length remaining when they apply:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance.
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.

A parent or carer can apply on behalf of a child aged three or older and non-drivers can apply for a car as a passenger.

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How does it work?

Customers simply transfer their mobility allowance to lease or purchase a suitable vehicle. The most popular option is the Contract Hire Scheme, which includes insurance, tyre and windscreen replacement, servicing, breakdown cover and road tax. A similar all-inclusive hire plan is available for powered wheelchair and scooters.

Cars are supplied through local car dealers. There is also a network of accredited suppliers of powered wheelchairs and scooters.

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Adaptations to cars

For most Motability customers, a standard production car is suitable for their needs, but special adaptations are needed for around 10% of customers, to enable them to drive safely, or travel in comfort as a passenger. 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.

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How can I find out more about Motability?

More details can be obtained by telephoning Motability’s Customer Services Team on 0845 456 4566 or by visiting the Motability website at

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