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Can my partner drive my Motability car to work?

If you have a disability, the Motability scheme is a programme that provides you with the option to rent a vehicle which is catered to your needs. This includes cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs.

Once you are deemed eligible, payments come directly out of your mobility allowance, making it as simple as possible. But can other people drive your Motability car, including your partner?

There are certain situations where your partner is allowed to drive the car, and getting to work is one of them.

When you take out a Motability policy, you are able to add up to three named drivers. They are allowed to operate the vehicle if it is deemed to be for your benefit. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to be present in the car, but that it’s for something that’s going to help you. For example, going to buy your groceries or picking up your medication. 

This is extended slightly for your spouse. As well as being able to drive in situations that benefit you, they are also allowed to use the car to go to work.

However, only you and your partner are allowed to use the vehicle for this purpose. If you were found to let a friend use the car to get to work for example, then you could risk losing privileges of the vehicle, and be forced to return it. So, if you're not going to be the only person driving your Motability car, make sure everyone understands the rules. 

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