WAV stands for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. This means you can travel in the vehicle while seat in your wheelchair

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

It helps you with the extra costs you might have because of a disability. It isn’t means tested or affected by earnings, other income or savings.

It’s for disabled people aged between 16 and State Pension age.

If you have a letter inviting you for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment, you cannot order a vehicle until you’ve had your PIP confirmed.

You can only make a new claim for DLA if you're claiming for a child under 16.

How much can I receive?

The higher rate mobility part of DLA is currently £71.00 per week. You can apply for the Motability Scheme if you have at least 12 months left on your allowance.

What if my allowance changes?

Whether your allowance is being reassessed, changes or ends, we'll support you.

The Government is replacing DLA with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people aged between 16 and State Pension age, even if they have an 'indefinite' or 'lifetime' award.

DLA will stay the same for children until they reach the age of 16, except in Scotland where they’ll continue to receive DLA until they're transferred to Child Disability Payment.

If your DLA is reassessed and you’re awarded the higher rate mobility part of PIP, you’ll continue to be eligible for the Scheme.

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Related FAQs

What happens if I do not get the higher rate mobility part of PIP?

You will not be able to stay on the Motability Scheme. Your lease will end and you must give your vehicle back.

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What happens if I'm appealing an unsuccessful PIP reassessment?

You can still keep your vehicle for a number of weeks after your last DLA payment.

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What happens if my allowance stops?

We'll help you return your vehicle and might offer you a transistion package.

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