2. Travelling Independently
Driving and being driven
If you are thinking about learning to drive and are receiving Disability Living Allowance then you can apply for your provisional license 3 months before your 16th birthday. You will only be able to use it when you turn 16.
When finding a driving instructor you may want to have conversations and ask them some questions beforehand.
You may want to know:
- If the instructor is able to teach someone with your needs or disability
- If you're driving instructor is registered on the Approved Driving Instructor Register
- What tests you will need to do
- How much will it cost
- How long will it take
Community and Voluntary Car schemes
There are many community and voluntary car schemes in Lincolnshire. The schemes offer a range of different transport options allowing people to get out and about who might otherwise be unable to.
You will be picked up from your address and driven to where you would like to go. The transport officer can either wait for you do be finished or you could make arrangements for them to come back and pick you up after.
Some schemes that are available are;
Lincolnshire Transport Helpline
If you’re looking for information and advice about transport in and around Lincolnshire the Transport Helpline will point you in the right direction. Call the Transport Helpline on 01522 550129 for information on transport options available in Lincolnshire tailored to your needs. (Open 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Saturday).
CallConnect is a public bus service that you have to book in advance. They have a minibus suitable for people who are less mobile or use a wheelchair. It runs between 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 7.30am-6.30pm on Saturdays and runs throughout Lincolnshire. Anyone can use the service if a timetabled bus service is not available to make the journey (except North Hykeham and Lincoln) and all of the buses are wheelchair accessible. Bookings can be made by phone, Tel: 0345 2343344 or online.
Community Car Schemes
Community car schemes offer transport for people who are less mobileand are especially useful for hospital appointments. For more information contact the Lincolnshire Transport Helpline on 01522 550129.
Dial a Ride
Dial a Ride is a minibus service for disabled people and cannot use public transport. Tel: (01522) 544983
Motability This scheme is for people with disabilities. You can exchange your mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheel chair.
If you are entitled to this support you must be receiving one of the following:
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HMRC DLA)
- Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
- War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
There are many car dealerships in Lincolnshire who sell cars included in the motability scheme. We advise that you speak to the dealerships about this directly.
Shopmobility provides manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters to help people with limited mobility or sight problems to get around town. There are trained sight guides who are available to help people with sight problems; they can assist you on foot or by pushing your wheelchair.
Shopmobility is for people of all ages. Before using Shopmobility there is a one off membership fee if you wish to become a regular user. There is also a low cost hire for non-members.
You can contact Shopmobility offices on 01522 514477 or you could find them in their office at the local bus station.