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DWP benefit claimants are entitled to 40 hours of free driving lessons

The process of learning to drive can be time consuming and usually requires many lessons.

As households across Scotland struggle to pay their bills due to the worsening cost of living crisis, many simply cannot afford to learn to drive.

However, some recipients can obtain up to 40 hours of free lessons under the Mobility scheme.

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The Mobility Scheme is a UK government-backed scheme that allows people with disabilities to redeem their eligible mobility allowance and hire a new car or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV).

As reported by the Daily Recordmost learner drivers need 40-50 hours of lessons before they can pass their exam, which means the program could let you learn for free.

Also, if you already have a driver’s license but are switching to an adapted vehicle, the mobility scheme can fund your familiarization lessons.

Here is an overview of what you need to know about the Motability Driving Courses Scholarship Scheme?

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Who can apply for the Motability Driving Tuition Scholarship Scheme?

At present, the Mobility Driving Course Scholarship Program gives priority to those who want to learn to drive and who are:

1. Receiving one of these invalidity allowances:

  • Bonus rate for the mobility component of the PIP
  • Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Higher rate mobility component of child disability payment
  • Mobility supplement for war pensioners
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

2. Receive a means-tested government benefit, including:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • Housing allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit (Council Tax Support, Council Tax Reduction)
  • Pension guarantee credit
  • Work Tax Credit
  • Child tax credit

Additionally, you must have a current lease on the motability program or a pending request for a vehicle with a confirmed date within the next four months.

According to the mobility scheme guidelines“All grant applications are means-tested to ensure that Motability supports those most in need of a charitable grant and helps as many recipients as possible with available charitable funds.

“This means that we will review your financial situation to determine if we are able to provide a grant for your courses.”

Candidates are also required to cover the full cost of their theoretical and practical driving tests.

More information can be found on the mobility program website here.