LEARNING drivers can benefit from 40 hours of driving lessons free of charge, but they must meet two criteria.
A recent survey by Marmalade Insurance suggested that almost half of driving instructors have raised the price of lessons due to the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
An estimated 40% of driving instructors in the UK have increased the price of their lessons since 2020, with the average lesson cost rising from £28.47 to £31.15, an increase of 9%.
However, assistance is available for eligible disabled people through the motability program, which can provide up to 40 hours of free driving lessons.
The average learner needs 40-50 hours of lessons to prepare for the exam. So, for some learners, this could cover their entire driving course.
Also, if you already have a driver’s license but need to change to an adapted vehicle, the program can help you provide familiarization lessons.
The courses focus on learning to drive an adapted vehicle under the supervision of a qualified instructor.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM
The Motability Driving Education Grant Program provides funding to individuals who wish to learn to drive and who are:
1. Receiving one of these invalidity allowances:
- Bonus rate of 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 government-tested means-tested 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, learners must have a current rental contract on the mobility program or a pending request for a vehicle with the program showing a confirmed delivery date for the vehicle within the next four months.
The Motability website states, “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.”
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