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Motability Adaptations Guide

Motability adaptations are modifications that can be fitted to a car that is part of the Motability scheme either at the start of your lease or during it*. With close to 400 different adaptations now available as part of the Motability Managed Adaptations Programme (MMAP), it can be difficult to know which modifications will be best for you.

Inchcape UK can help. We have created this comprehensive Motability car adaptations guide so that you can find out about modifications which will improve everything from getting in and out of your vehicle to driving it around and stowing away important essentials, like a wheelchair or scooter. Read on to find out how you can enhance your car journeys. *Please bear in mind that it is easier and more cost effective to adapt your Motability car when first taking out your lease. However, modifications can be made anytime throughout your lease.

Motability adaptations for driving

Whether you want to control your speed, improve how you steer or make signaling easier, there are driving adaptations that can be made to your Motability car.

Electronic accelerators

Ideal for those with…limited mobility or control in their legs, as well as those with limited strength in their upper body. Electronic accelerators are available as either a ring positioned at the front or behind a steering wheel, or as a trigger device. Whichever you choose, the adaptation will help increase the speed of your car. Hand operated brakes are fitted alongside every electronic accelerator to assist in bringing a vehicle to a halt.

Push/pull hand controls

Ideal for those with…limited mobility or control in one or both of their legs. Take the effort away from your legs by controlling the acceleration and braking of your car with a push/pull hand control device. The lever is easy to use — pull it towards you and the car will accelerate, push it away from you and the car will brake.

Left foot accelerators

Ideal for those with...limited mobility in their right leg. If you find it difficult to use a standard accelerator pedal comfortably, a left foot accelerator could be the answer. They enable you to control the speed of your car using your left foot rather than your right.

Pedal modifications

Ideal for those with…limited mobility or control in their legs. Instead of straining to reach the driving pedals, you can extend the pedals and bring them closer to you and your driving seat.

Remote control devices

Ideal for those with…limited strength in their upper body. Everything from the indicators to headlights and windscreen wipers can be operated more easily through remote control devices.

Steering wheel balls

Ideal for those with…limited mobility or control in their legs, as well as those with limited strength in their upper body. Easily fitted to the upper arch of a steering wheel, a steering wheel ball allows you to turn your car left and right using just one hand. Steering wheel balls can also be combined with remote control devices, with the other hand being used to operate functions on this technology.

Motability adaptations for stowage

Take the stress out of loading and unloading heavy and bulky items like scooters and wheelchairs into your car with stowage adaptations.

Car boot hoists

Ideal for those with…wheelchairs or scooters which are too heavy to either lift or stow. If you plan to store your wheelchair or scooter inside your vehicle when travelling, opt for a car boot hoist. The hoists come complete with tie-downs, to help you easily lift large items into the boot and secure them as you travel. There are different car boot hoists available for various types of wheelchairs and scooters. Therefore, it is recommended that you bring the item you are going to be stowing along with you at the time of fitting to ensure you receive the most effective solution.

Rooftop stowage units

Ideal for those with…wheelchairs that are too big to stow in a boot alongside other items. Struggle to squeeze a manual wheelchair into the remaining space in your boot? Fit a rooftop stowage unit to your car — either on the passenger or driver side — and you can store your wheelchair in a box atop your vehicle instead. For added peace of mind, rooftop stowage units are designed with electric hoist lifts so that you don’t need to worry about lifting your wheelchair.

Motability adaptations for access

Adaptations can be made to standard cars found in the Motability scheme with the aim of making the transfer from wheelchair to a car seat a comfortable experience every time.

Electric person hoists

Ideal for those with…problems transferring from their wheelchair to a car seat. Electric person hoists work by physically lifting a wheelchair user into and out of a car. This adaptation involves a permanent mount that is fitted to the inside of a car’s door, a specially designed canvas sling seat and a frame that can be easily removed and stowed in the boot once a wheelchair user is comfortable in their car seat.

Swivel seats

Ideal for those with…problems transferring from their wheelchair to a car seat. Swivel seats are permanent adaptations to your car. These unique seats can turn before lowering and tipping in order to reduce the amount of lift required to get from a wheelchair to a car seat. Some variants of swivel seats can move into and out of a vehicle.

Transfer plates

Ideal for those with…problems transferring from their wheelchair to a car seat. Fitted to the side of a car seat near to the door, transfer plates provide a smooth surface so that you can move from a wheelchair to a car seat comfortably. Electric and manual transfer plates are available and both types can be folded out of sight when not in use. Once you have decided on the car adaptations for you, simply contact your local Motability retailer and order your modifications as well as your Motability car if required.