15 Facts About Motability


Motability was founded in 1977 by Lord Sterling of Plaistow and the late Lord Goodman and the Motability Scheme launched at Earl's Court, London, on 25 July 1978.

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Motability was set up as a charity so it could raise funds and make grants, in order to provide customers with a complete mobility package even if their allowance would not cover the type of car and adaptations that they needed.

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In 2003, Motability celebrated its 25th anniversary with a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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Those wishing to lease through Motability must have at least twelve months' award length remaining when they apply.

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Should a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement Motability customer enter into an extended lease beyond the standard 3-year lease period this £7.

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Around two-thirds of Motability's customers drive their own vehicle, but non-drivers can get a car as a passenger.

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Largest fleet operator in Europe and the largest supplier of used cars in the trade, Motability Operations is owned by four major clearing banks – Barclays, Lloyds TSB, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Motability Operations sells over 200,000 used cars a year and the company's car purchases account for approximately ten percent of total new car sales in the UK.

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Motability is a registered charity and has overall responsibility for the Motability Scheme, including:.

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Motability Operations has the exclusive contract for administering the scheme.

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Motability Operations set and monitors the standards of service provided by the dealer network, adaptations suppliers, breakdown company and the insurance company.

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Motability Operations negotiates pricing with the vehicle manufacturers on a quarterly basis.

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Motability Operations have worked with Motability to devise a package of transitional support that pays up to £2000 to those customers who have lost their allowance as a result of the introduction of PIP.

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Motability Operations have donated £175m to Motability to ensure that the cost of this package is supported.

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On 7 December 2018 the National Audit Office published its report on Motability which upheld many criticisms of executive pay and reserves policy.

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