The following information applies to car travel in the UK. To find out more about driving and travelling by car abroad, visit gov.uk/driving-abroad.
Under this scheme, people who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement can get help to buy or hire a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. Contact the Motability Scheme to apply.
Road tax exemption (free tax disc)
You may be entitled to a free tax disc if you’re disabled. This is available to people who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
If you receive the standard rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, you may qualify for a 50% discount on the cost of your tax disc.
Find out what you will need to tax your vehicle in England, Scotland and Wales or Northern Ireland.
You can also get renewal forms from your local Post Office ®.
If you have a severe mobility problem and can’t use public transport, you may qualify for a permit under the Blue Badge scheme. This lets you park without a time limit or charge in on-street restricted-parking zones, disabled public parking bays or areas restricted by yellow lines.
The permit is free to individuals (but not organisations) in Wales. It generally costs £2 in Northern Ireland, £10 in England and up to £20 in Scotland.
The scheme doesn’t cover private car parks, although they may provide their own disabled parking spaces. You don’t have to be the driver to qualify for a Blue Badge.
You can apply through your local council in England and in Northern Ireland.
Blue Badge holders and other disabled people pay a reduced rate or no fee at some river crossings, bridges and tunnels. In most cases, you have to apply in advance to get a concession. Toll concessions can change, so check before you travel. Contact your local authority for advice.
London congestion charge
There’s a charge to travel within the congestion charging zone in central London at certain times. If you have a Blue Badge, you can register so you don’t have to pay the charge. However, you will have to make a one-off payment of £10 for this discount.
If you can’t 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.
Bus, coach and train fares
There are special rates for bus, coach and train travel for eligible older people and people with disabilities.
People of state pension age in England, people aged over 60 in Scotland and Wales, and eligible disabled people, can apply for a bus pass. This gives you a reduced price or often free travel on local buses. Contact your local authority for details. You may be able to save up to a third on rail fares with a Disabled Person’s Railcard or a Senior Railcard (for those over 60). Check at your local train station for details, or visit nationalrail.co.uk.
If you live in Northern Ireland and are over 60 or disabled, you may be entitled to concessionary travel on buses and trains. Ask at your local bus or train station or visit the Government website in Northern Ireland.