Help, advice & information
At Mobility Nationwide, we only sell Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, so we are experts in this field, having seen many different people in many different vehicles. Below are links to information on this page, that we have found to be helpful to other customers. If you need any more advice or information at all, please do not hesitate to contact our staff, who will be delighted to pass on the benefit of their experience.
- Help choosing the right vehicle making sure you can access and sit comfortably in the vehicle.
- VAT do you need to pay VAT on your disabled access vehicle?
- Road Fund Licence can you can apply for exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty?
- The Blue Badge Scheme what it is, and how to apply.
- General Information and Advice some other sources of help and advice on the web, including planning holidays so you can enjoy the most of your new-found mobility!
- Wishing to buy an used wheelchair accessible vehicle in Ireland? We now have a sister company (Mobility Vehicles Ireland) offering the same fantastic range and value in used wheelchair accessible vehicles!
Above right: The video shows how quick and easy it is to use a well designed wheelchair accessible vehicle. The video shows how to secure the wheelchair and its occupant, to ensure their safety while you are driving.
Help choosing the right vehicle
For many of our customers, this will be their first purchase of a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. We have tried to list below some of the information that you may need to help you with your selection:-
- Dimensions - Will the wheelchair user fit comfortably into the vehicle?
- The dimensions that you will need to take are:-
- Wheelchair Width
- Total Length (from very front of the wheelchair to the very back)
- Height (from the stop of the head to the floor whilst sitting)
For most wheelchair/vehicle combinations, chair width and length is not a problem. However the different vehicles have different internal heights. The 'showroom' section of this website clearly shows the internal headroom of each vehicle so that you can ensure that it is suitable. Don't forget to leave a little clearance. Generally most vehicles will take a chair width of up to 29ins. Please consult us for advice if your wheelchair is wider than this.
Forward view is important to many people. As a general rule, the taller the wheelchair user the less the forward view. For most customers, we are able to suggest a suitable vehicle, but unfortunately for a few, there may have to be a compromise. However, most people are able to find a vehicle to suit.
Above right: Will your wheelchair fit into the car you have selected? If your wheelchair bound passenger is tall, you will need a vehicle with more head-space and better forward view, otherwise they will spend the journey looking at the car ceiling...
Below right: A photograph of a Kia Sedona Evolution, showing passenger side access for the wheelchair. The vehicle dips and a short ramp extends to allow easy access for the wheelchair from pavement level.
Another important factor you may need to consider is your own physical strength. Can you easily push your wheelchair bound passenger up a short ramp into the vehicle? If not, you might consider a vehicle with a shorter, shallow ramp, possibly like the Evolution (right). Other options include winch assisted access, or a wheelchair lift, which is generally only available on larger adapted vehicles.
We get many calls about the VAT status of the vehicles. As a general rule, if the vehicle is purchased for the use of a person who uses a wheelchair, the VAT will be charged at 0% i.e. no VAT will be charged. If the vehicle is purchased for a commercial purpose e.g. Private Hire, Taxis etc then VAT will be charged on top of our prices shown at 17.5%.
Road Fund Licence
You can apply for exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty if:
- You receive the higher rate of mobility component of Disability Living Allowance;
- or you receive War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
- The vehicle must also be registered in the name of the disabled person or the nominee named on the exemption certificate -DLA 404
As a general rule, those of our customers who have become disabled after retirement date, will not receive the Road Fund Licence exemption. Full details are available on DVLA leaflet V188.
To apply for the DLA 404 exemption certificate contact:
Disability & Carer Benefits Directorate
Tel 0845 7123456
The Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions primarily for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.
Parking Concessions provided under the scheme
Badge holders are entitled to the following general concessions on-street.
- Parking free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and "pay and display" on street parking.
- Exemption from limits on parking times imposed on other users.
- Parking on yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland.
The scheme does not apply to off-street car parks such as supermarket or local authority car parks.
How to apply:
Local authorities administer the scheme and determine whether applicants are eligible for a badge. If you think you may be entitled to a badge you should apply to the Social Services Department of your local authority.
General Information and Advice
The following web sites offer useful advice & information:
Can we be of more assistance?
Please contact us on 01824 707773 if you would like more assistance.
Not sure what is best for you? At Mobility Nationwide we have many years' experience helping people find the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. If you'd like to talk to us, please call on 01824 707773.
Alternatively, you can browse our online showroom, through the link below: