Urban Mobility Partnership is delighted to welcome independent-mobility provider Motability Operations as its newest member

The Urban Mobility Partnership is delighted today to welcome Motability Operations, the organisation that delivers the life-changing Motability Scheme to over 700,000 disabled people in the UK. The organisation offers a great value solution to its customers, who can lease a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, powered wheelchair or scooters through the Scheme.

The Urban Mobility Partnership is committed to providing long-term leadership and near-term solutions to improve future urban mobility and working in partnership with local and national governments to develop and implement policy solutions to reduce congestion and transport emissions.

Motability Operations is joining Enterprise, Stagecoach, Dott, Foot Anstey, Brompton Bike Hire, Conduent Transportation, Liftango, Mobilleo and Trainline, and the team will be adding their expertise in promoting accessible and independent transport for disabled people.

Motability Operations helps over 700,000 disabled people and their families to access independent mobility and travel to work, education, healthcare, social activities and more.

Through the Motability Scheme, a disabled person can choose to spend their higher-rate mobility allowance to lease a brand new vehicle and every lease includes insurance, breakdown cover and servicing at no additional cost. As the automotive industry shifts its production lines to electric, the company has pledged £300m to make sure no one is left behind in the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by supporting customers with affordability and working with industry partners to find solutions to make EVs more accessible.

James Lancaster, Head of European Mobility at Enterprise and Chair of the Urban Mobility Partnership, says:

“The Urban Mobility Partnership is delighted to today welcome Motability Operations to its growing membership. As the organisation behind the Motability Scheme, Motability Operations are working effectively to ensure that disabled people can live independently and importantly, move around, in the most accessible and sustainable way possible.

UMP is committed to supporting a modal shift in transport, to ensure that people can access transport solutions, and travel around towns and urban centres, in the most accessible, sustainable, and convenient way possible. Motability Operations’ focus on supporting mobility for disabled people is vital in ensuring that transport is accessible for all, and UMP is delighted to welcome them to our coalition.

We welcome the team’s expertise in delivering accessible solutions for all, and we look forward to working closely with them to ensure that the future of mobility places people, of all mobility needs, at its heart.”

Ed Thomas, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at Motability Operations, says:

“We are delighted to today join the Urban Mobility Partnership and look forward to working closely with the group to support its important vision for a sustainable and multi-modal future. We are excited to join a partnership with such a fantastic range of partners covering the breadth of the transport sector. At Motability Operations, we believe that the future of transport can only be successful if it supports everyone and we’re looking forward to being part of a coalition that is looking to make transport more accessible for all users.

We are proud to deliver sustainable and accessible transport solutions to disabled people and their families. We look forward to joining the Urban Mobility Partnership, which embraces the importance of accessibility and is looking to support a future of mobility which places the needs of all users at the centre.”