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Eligibility and how to apply for road tax exemption from the DVLA if you are a disabled driver of a vehicle, invalid carriage or mobility scooter and exemptions for vehicles transporting disabled people.

Eligibility:

You may be entitled to a free tax disc (exemption from Road Tax) if you're a disabled person who gets:
1. The higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
2. War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
3  Have an invalid carriage or mobility scooter.


The vehicle being used:

To claim exemption from vehicle excise duty, the vehicle (must be registered in your name or registered in the name of someone you nominate to drive for you (a nominee).

The vehicle must only be used for your purposes, for example shopping or getting prescriptions.

If it is being used by the nominee or someone else for their own personal needs, then the exemption will be lost and the normal rate of vehicle tax must be paid.

How to get a free tax disc (exemption certificate)

Firstly before you can get a free tax disc, you'll need to apply for an exemption certificate from the agency that issues your benefit. The exemption certificate will show your name and that of the nominee if you have nominated someone to drive for you.

Some vehicles don't need an exemption certificate to tax - see 'invalid carriages - mobility scooters' and 'Motability contract hire vehicles' below.

The exemption certificate must be valid and can only be used to tax one vehicle at a time.

If you claim the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance

Your exemption certificate could be either a:

  • certificate of entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • annual certificate of entitlement
  • DLA 404 certificate

Contact the Disability Living Allowance Unit and ask for exemption certificate DLA 404.

Disability Living Allowance Unit, Warbreck House, Warbreck Hill, Blackpool FY2 0YE

Telephone: 0845 712 3456 - 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Textphone: 0845 722 4433

If you claim the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

If you’re claiming War Pensioners Mobility Supplement, you’ll have the WPA0442 Certificate, which is issued by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, Norcross, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 3GZ

Telephone: 0800 169 2277
Textphone: 0800 169 3458

see also: Disabled in the Armed Forces - Help and Advice


If you’re eligible under the Disabled Passenger Scheme, you’ll have a MHS330 certificate.

Taxing your vehicle in the disabled tax class

Get your free tax disc at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. You can renew it each year online, over the phone, in person or by post.

See - Taxing your vehicle in the disabled tax class (general motoring section - direct.gov)



Changes in your circumstances

If you are in hospital for more than 28 days - or 84 days if you claim exemption for a child - the exemption from vehicle tax will still apply,as long as the vehicle continues to be used for your direct purposes. This applies even if you lose your entitlement to Disability Living Allowance as a result of your stay in hospital.

If you sell the vehicle or your entitlement ends, you should return the disabled tax disc to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Swansea SA99 1AL or your nearest DVLA local office.

If you no longer qualify for vehicletax exemption, you will need to tax your car in the appropriate tax class and pay the correct rate of vehicle tax.

Invalid carriages - mobility scooters

You don't need an exemption certificate to get a free tax disc for an invalid carriage. The vehicle must be registered in your name, weigh less than 509kg and be adapted, used or kept on a road for a disabled person.

Your vehicle doesn't need to be registered or display a tax disc if it weighs less than 113.4kg, is for footway use only and has a maximum speed of four mph.

You can download leaflet INF210 'Registering a brand new invalid carriage (mobility scooter)' or leaflet INF211 'Registering a used invalid carriage (mobility scooter'.

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Information on Mobility scooters for road use:

In legal terms, a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair is an 'invalid carriage'.  A class 3 scooter or wheelchair can be used on the road.

Class 3 - powered wheelchairs and scooters, for use on roads/highways with a maximum speed of eight mph and the facility to limit the maximum speed to four mph for use when travelling on footways, and with a maximum unladen weight of 150 kilograms.
You must register a class 3 vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Where class 3 vehicles can be used
You can use your class 3 scooter or wheelchair:
* on footpaths, pavements, bridleways and pedestrian areas at a maximum speed of four mph
* on most roads at a maximum speed of eight mph
* You must not used it on motorways, cycle lanes or in bus lanes.
* You should avoid using it on dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50 mph. If you do use your scooter or powered      wheelchair on a dual carriageway, you must use an amber flashing light for visibility.

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Motability contract hire vehicles and road tax:

Motability contract hire vehicles don't need an exemption certificate. Motability will arrange to tax your vehicle each year and send a tax disc directly to you.

As Motability registers the vehicle and holds the Registration Certificate for the duration of your contract, it's important that you tell Motability of any changes to your address or circumstances to ensure you get your tax disc on time.


Resources:
Motability
Exemption from Vehicle Tax for Disabled People (PDF)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) contacts

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