Disabled Cars to be kept for longer...

Many of us have to keep the car we have saved hard for, for many years or even have to take out a loan for and it makes me angry when I hear that registered disabled persons are able to have a new car every two years. I.m not saying some  disabled persons should not have cars - just keep them for longer.

It has got to be cheaper to have the cars serviced and make them keep the cars for at least four or five years, like the taxpaying rest of us. A disabled friend of mine has just had a new car, which at retail value would cost the rest of us £11,000.

Also I understand the government pays for the road tax as well.

 

 

 

Why the contribution is important

It seems unfair to those of us who have paid tax all our working life that we have to subsidise a person who is not that disabled and could either catch a bus (which would make the service better) or get a taxi (keeping locals in business) at a fraction of the cost.  £11,000 pays for a lot of taxi rides.   

by Juliacoue on April 06, 2017 at 02:59PM

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  • Posted by ntaverner April 06, 2017 at 15:56

    Motability cars are replaced every three years rather than every two (the replacement at that time is presumably so that Motability can resell the car when it still has a significant resale value).
    More importantly, the cost of the car is funded by the disabled person giving up the higher rate mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance (and paying additional amounts if this is not sufficient to cover the cost), so there would be no saving to Government of any changes to the scheme.
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 16:08

    Thanks, but surely you should keep the car for longer, my car is over 8 years old coz I cannot afford a newer one. Why should my friend be able to have such an expensive car for a shorter period of time. My friend also gets a substantial disabled allowance with a lot of other benefits. It does seem rather unfair not just to me but other taxpayers. (I am aware that some disable persons also are or have been taxpayers themselves)
  • Posted by ntaverner April 06, 2017 at 16:34

    In a way, I agree. We have a Motability car for our daughter, and we find it a nuisance to have to replace it every three years. (My own car is 14 years old....)
    But it wouldn't save money, as any savings would reduce the cost to the disabled person, by reducing the amount of higher rate mobility DLA given up, rather than to Government.
    (Our daughter does also get the remainder of her DLA and other benefits, but as she is completely unable to work due to her disabilities that is hardly unfair)
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 18:11

    Yeah, get where you are coming from.
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