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Motorhome Motability

Motorhome Motability.

What is the motorhome motability for the disabled persons all about? So, firstly let us explain our reference of motorhome motability. Whilst we do not want to confuse our term of motorhome motability. For example, as with the car leasing scheme run by the charity for disabled people. We refer for reference of ease, in trying to explain what mobility for disabled allowances are. Clearly there are questions everyday, do motability have motorhomes on the scheme? The simple answer is no they dont! However, they specialise in cars mainly and other forms of mobility. In fact, Motability Scheme is a charity and does great work in providing people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. Basicly this is done in exchange for the disabled persons mobility allowance.

So, Why Not Motorhomes?

In fact, a  motorhome could be very useful to provide a dual purpose vehicle, like a van conversion for example. Ideal, to combine a holiday or weekends away for a break for a disable person. This works both ways for carers for example, a short break or holiday in a motorhome with the family may be more affordable. So, what do we hope to achieve with our information on this page? Therefore, to find out what motorhome use is available to a disabled person VAT free. As, with most things they were at one stage VAT free to any disabled people. Then apparently people abused the situation and that is when HMRC took an in depth look at the modifications and transactions of who was claiming a VAT free status.

Why This Page of Information?

In fact, the main reason for this page is to help disabled people find up-to-date information. Also, we have been getting a lot of enquiries about what is available to disabled people. The questions are alway can we claim the VAT back on a new motorhome? In addition, to the implementation of VAT exempt status for the genuine disabled wheelchair users. How do we qualify is asked over and over again? Also, from people purchasing the motorhome on behalf of a disabled wheelchair user. So, many people reporting they have been finding that dealers are not interested in supplying a motorhome that haves VAT reclaim implications. Why is this? Maybe they should at least know the latest information and what is available. It would appear they are paranoid about HMRC taking an interest in their VAT implications for supplying wheelchair users.

Helping to Understand The Current Situation.

This page continues to help people find the latest information about wheelchair users and buying motorhomes with VAT exemption. Apparently people are finding that they need to provide a lot of information, that is confusing to dealers and wheelchair users. Hence, evidence to your supplier to demonstrate to qualify for zero VAT. In fact, demonstrating that you need to be a wheelchair user and have the correct modifications. There would appear to be more help required. Hence, us trying to help people. Certainly in helping genuine wheelchair users, to find out if they qualify for the VAT exemption.

What Does the HMRC Document Say.

So, supplying motorhomes VAT free to the genuine disable persons has been a hot topic. In fact, so hot that dealers and HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) have been to court. Clearly, the HMRC having lost the case decided to review the whole thing. However, what determines the adaptations to assist the disable person in qualifying to pay no VAT? Clearly a number of key points, a wheelchair disabled person and the dedicated conversion of the motorhome.

The Latest Information March 2017.

Found on the HMRC website please read;

  • 4.1 Eligible vehicles.
  • 4.2 Motorhomes.
  • 4.3 Substantially and permanently adapted motor vehicles.
  • 4.4 Less significant adaptations that are neither permanent nor substantial.
  • 4.5 What is meant by ‘adapted’ for a disabled wheelchair or stretcher user.
  • 5.1 Qualifying use.
  • 6.1 The 3-year rule.

An interesting poin 5.1.

  • Suppliers cannot zero-rate vehicles supplied to finance houses.
  • The finance house is purchasing the adapted vehicle for business purposes.
  • So, how can you fund your motorhome?
  • Does not make a lot of sense you cannot have finance for it!
  • Also see 2.3 VAT reliefs on motor vehicles disabled people.

VAT Free History.

In fact, we urge anyone claiming VAT free supplies to disabled people to make sure what they declare is correct. Also, if in doubt contact the VAT helpline in the UK. Looking back, as at January 28th, 2015, HMRC went out to consultation. Therefore, in April 2016 publishing a responses to the consultation.

Interesting Article Regarding Taxation.

This is from a Google search on HMRC tax vat on motorhomes. The article is called VAT zero-rating rules for adapted motor vehicles by Kelly Sizer. It sets out the key points raised and also explains more about the HMRC ruling. Also, pointing out what is confusing and potentially unfair for a wheelchair user.

Are Wheelchair Users Able to buy VAT free?

In the past, we have seen the HMRC wanting suppliers to verify that the vehicle is for the domestic or personal use. Now that can only be for the disabled wheelchair user. In fact, other questions were, who is paying for the vehicle and who will own the vehicle? Also, who uses the vehicle and does the family member/carer have another vehicle? How often will the disabled wheelchair user use the vehicle? Clearly things needed clarification and possible still do.

What is Available Now?

In fact, currently, disable zero VAT on a motorhome or campervan applies, only if you are a genuine disable person using a wheelchair. Thus, providing the motorhome to need modifying for that disabled person. Hence, this follows the guidelines. So, it is important that any disabled person understands the rules. Also, see the information for disable people allowances and disability living allowances. The disability act is useful document to read. Contact the UK support number 0800 220 674 or 0300 123 3356.

Helping Disabled People to Buy a Motorhome.

In fact, especially those who are in a wheelchair. So, there has been so much speculation and there has been all sorts of poor messages about claiming back the VAT. Many dealers just do not want to get involved so, we thought we would. In addition, this is a matter of looking at what is available and how we could potentially ask Auto-Sleeper to build a specially designed disable model.

Additional Information.

What are WAVs? A wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) can make a great difference for disabled drivers and passengers. An excellent guide that may help you find adaptations and help.

Information on Disability Allowances.

This information can be found on the government’s website. It takes a bit of navigating so, we have below provided an overview of what is available. Please be aware individual circumstances prevail, we have included the contact numbers. (beware of the call charges).

Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

  • The government’s welfare reform programme, see the replacement of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This is for disabled people aged between 16 and 64. See information here. The PIPallowence is made up of two parts. To actually get both depends on how severely your condition affects you. Part one is the daily living part this is the weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is either £55.65 or £83.10. Part two is the mobility part and the weekly rate for the mobility part of PIP is either £22 or £58. Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP). As of 10 April 2017, this allowance is £58.00 per week.

War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS).

This allowance is provided by Veterans UK. As of 12 April 2017, this allowance is £64.80 per week. Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). This was an allowance as of the 12th of April 2017, this allowance is £58.00 per week (this refers to the mobility element, which is the same rate as HRMC DLA and ERMC PIP).

PIP enquiry line beware of the call charges. Before you call, you’ll need:

  • Your contact details, for example telephone number.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits.
  • Your bank or building society account number and sort code.
  • Your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital.

You can then call the PIP claims line. DWP – PIP claims Telephone: 0800 917 2222. Textphone: 0800 917 7777. Calling from abroad: +44 191 218 7766. Next Generation Text (NGT) relay service. Dial: 18001 then 0345 850 3322. Available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Document of Recommendations.

Above is a link to recommendations made by the low income reform group. Well worth a look over as it makes some very good points about Disabled people.

Motability Scheme (motorhomes are not included).

No motorhomes are not included on the Motability Scheme. Why not you may well ask? So, what is included on the Motability Scheme you are allowed to exchange all, or part of your mobility allowance, to lease a brand new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair. You are eligible to lease a WAV on the Motability Scheme if you receive one of these mobility allowances:

  • Higher Rate Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA),
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS),
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).


Also, we want to raise the issues with the HMRC on behalf of everyone. We believe that the way things have been worded leaves everyone not knowing what things really mean. Motorhomes are no like cars far from it, they are ideal for a disabled person to use. Especially adapting van conversions. Why should the industry be penalised. More to the point why should a disabled genuine wheelchair user be allowed to buy a car from the motability scheme and not a motorhome?


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  1. John Buxton October 1, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Carole we do think if you meet the criteria then this dealer may be able tor help you hope that helps you Regards John

  2. John Buxton October 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Carole So at the moment there has been a complete review of the VAT free scheme. In fact many dealers and manufacturers are not partaking it has been quite a problem as things on what counts as modified was the problem. Thus the only VAT Free was for a genuine disable person who was wheelchair bound. So there is not a lot else happening we will let you know if things change. Regards John

  3. Carole Dawkins October 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Hi we have a mobility cat on the car scheme I just wondered if you do the same with vampervans pleasse thank you

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