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Use if Motorbility car

My husband has recently been awarded higher rate mobility and is considering getting a mobility car next year. 

Currently he does not have a car as following an accident he sold it as he couldn’t get in and out of it.  At the time of his accident I didn’t have a car as we were considering if we really needed a car each as he also had a motorbike but as I was struggling to get him home from hospital I went and bought a brand new SUV on PCP.  I have just over a year to run on this.  

Even though we share the car and mainly go out together we do take individual journeys so I did not claim the exemption from road tax as I understood it couldn’t  be if I used the car for my personal use.  I ok with this 

We have decided given reliance on car we will now continue to get a new car every 3 years.  My PCP is same as his HRM but on top I pay insurance , servicing tyres so my hubby suggested getting car via Motorbility next time.    
I’m concerned though I won’t be able to use the car myself if I go out for day/evening without him .   Can the car only be used by him ?  If he was say in hospital could I use the car for visiting ?  

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  • brujah81brujah81 Member Posts: 56 Courageous
    Hiya
    The exact wording on the motorability website is this :

    The car is used by, or for the benefit of, the disabled person. This does not mean that the disabled person needs to be in the car for every journey. In practice, this means other named drivers in the household can use the car for shopping and other routine activities, as long as the disabled customer will benefit.

    I hope this helps
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,183 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    When you say use the car for yourself to go out in the day/evening, unless this is for the purpose of your husband then there could be issues. My advice would be for your husband to ring motability and ask them the question and they will tell what is and isn't allowed.


    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • griff11griff11 Member Posts: 56 Courageous
    Thank you.  My hubby did say if I go out for entertainment purposes on my own and take the car it’s because I need to be able to get back home to him if need be but I think it’s pushing it though it’s true .   If I know my daughter or he has a friend calling around I don’t  take car as it’s a chance to have a drink !!! I’ll get him to ring to see. 

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