Would love your thoughts on this. The background is there are 4 siblings including me and our 84 year old DM. Generally we all do our bit to help her albeit I do the most with hospital/ doctors /opticians appointments as I'm retired. I found out today that my sister has had a brand new car on Motability and is paying DM what she would otherwise receive in disability payments. She's done this with no consultation with the rest of us. Indeed one of my DBs suggested he could the very same thing a few years ago but same sister strongly objected. DM has early signs of vascular dementia although seems to understand this situation. I feel quite cross as I think my sister has a brand new car to swan about it but won't be doing all the running around that I do. In fact I'm thinking of stepping back and not doing it anymore. I don't want DM to suffer but she saw fit to hide it from me and my DBs so now will have to ask sister to do it all from now on. It's the sneakiness that's got to me more than anything.
bigbluebus · 25/03/2023 20:19
I'm pretty sure that Motability changed the rules a few years back which said that except in exceptional circumstances the Motability vehicle has to be kept at the address of the disabled person. It was precisely to stop this type of 'fraud'. So they've presumably lied to Motability .
caringcarer · 25/03/2023 20:29
I have applied for notability car to transport foster son to college every day and me return home then collect him at 3.30pm. which means driving him over 600 miles each week. I have read rules carefully and I can only drive car if foster child is in car or if coming back from dropping him off or going to collect him and the rest of the time I have to drive my own car when foster child is not in car and I'm not doing something for him. Your sister can only drive the car when your Mum is in it or she is collecting your Mum and your Mum's car should be kept at your Mum's address. I'd be reporting sister if she abused the motability scheme which is meant to support disabled people not their relatives.
TheFairyCaravan · 25/03/2023 21:04
Your mum must have been in receipt of DLA for a very long time to qualify for a Motability car at 84. Your sister and your mum are both abusing the system. The car can only be used for your mum’s benefit, no other reason, at all. Motability have taken to fitting trackers to cars that aren’t being kept at the leaseholders address so they may already be aware of the abuse of the system.
Your mum’s blue badge isn’t tied to the car, it can be used in any car.
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