Car and driving costs

Seat belts

If you cannot wear a seat belt for medical reasons, you can get a medical exemption certificate from your doctor. There are also aids and adaptations available that make it easier for people with disabilities to wear a seat belt. For more information, speak to your doctor or contact the Disabled Living Foundation.

Road (vehicle) tax exemption

You may be able to get free road tax if you are disabled. You may qualify if you get any of the following:

If you get the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment at the standard rate, you may qualify for a 50% discount on the cost of your road tax.

For more information, call 0300 123 4321, use textphone 0300 790 6201 or visit gov.uk You can also get renewal forms from your local Post Office.

Motability Scheme

Under this scheme, you can get help to buy or hire a car, scooter or powered wheelchair if you get any of the following:

  • the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment at the enhanced rate
  • the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate
  • the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment.

Contact the Motability Scheme to apply.

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Travelling to hospital

You may be able to get help with your travel costs to and from hospital for treatment.

The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme can help with parking costs if you have severe mobility problems.