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Learners can get 40 hours of FREE driving lessons if they meet two criteria – here’s how you can benefit

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

The cost of driving lessons has increased by an average of 9% since 2020, according to a survey

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