Motability and the Blue Badge

The Motability Scheme was also changed under the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system.

Eligibility depends on the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP. To be entitled to the enhanced rate of the mobility component, you will need to score at least 12 points under the two mobility activities: ‘moving around’ and ‘planning and following journeys’.

The motability scheme enables disabled people to get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

Exemption from road tax

If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP you will be exempt from road tax.

You can also get a 50 per cent discount on your road tax if you receive the standard rate of the mobility component of PIP.

Effect of long stays in hospital

If you spend more than 28 days in hospital, your motability payments will stop. Unfortunately, there is also a risk that claimants could lose their car because of the inabilty to keep up payments.

To find out more about the motability scheme visit

To get a Blue Badge and qualify for disabled parking

The Blue Badge Scheme helps you to park closer to a destination if you are having difficulties with walking or are disabled.

Check your eligibility for a Blue Badge using this tool.

The Blue Badge initial enquiry support service will deal with any questions you may have about applying for this benefit.

Telephone (England): 0844 463 0213

Telephone (Scotland): 0844 463 0214

Telephone (Wales): 0844 463 0215

To apply for or renew your Blue Badge you will need:

  • the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
  • a digital or signed photo
  • your National Insurance number
  • proof of identification
  • proof of residency

Blue Badge applications

If you live in England or Wales apply here.

If you live in Scotland apply here. 

If you live in Northern Ireland apply here.

Useful links

Updated July 2016