LEARNER drivers can get 40 hours of driving lessons for free – but they must meet two criteria.
A recent survey by Marmalade Insurance found nearly half of driving instructors have increased the price of lessons due to the Covid pandemic and resulting lockdowns.
An estimated 40 per cent of driving instructors in the UK have increased the price of their tuition since 2020, with the cost of the average tuition increasing from £28.47 to £31.15, a nine per cent increase.
However, support is available for eligible people with disabilities under the Motability Scheme, which can offer up to 40 hours of free driving lessons.
The average learner driver needs between 40 and 50 lessons to prepare for the exam, so for certain learner drivers the entire driving course can be covered.
Even if you already have a driver’s license but need to switch to an adapted vehicle, the program can help provide induction hours.
Instruction focuses on individuals learning how to operate an adapted vehicle under the supervision of a trained instructor.
The Motability Driving Lessons Grant Program funds people who want to learn to drive and:
In addition, learners must have a current Motability Scheme lease or pending application for a vehicle with the program with a confirmed delivery date for the vehicle within the next four months.
According to the Motability website, “All grant applications are means-tested to ensure Motability supports those most in need of a charitable grant and helps as many beneficiaries as possible with available charitable funds.
“That means we’re reviewing your financial situation to see if we can provide a grant toward your tuition.”