Freedom of movement is a luxury that not everyone can enjoy. According to the World Health Organisation, about 500 million people across the world suffer from physical disabilities.
At Fiat, we believe having a disability shouldn't stop you from choosing a stylish car. So we've worked hard to develop equipment that can be fitted into our cars to enable easier access and greater comfort for physically disabled drivers and passengers.
WORLDWIDE AUTONOMY PROGRAMME
Launched in 1994 and based in Italy, this special project aims to develop equipment that can be fitted into cars to enable easier access, and greater comfort and independence for physically disabled drivers and passengers.
Throughout the programme, Fiat Auto has designed devices for both private and light commercial vehicles, such as anatomic cushions, revolving and sliding seats, and special fittings for wheelchairs.
For example, the new Doblò and some of our larger commercial vehicles can be adapted to house a wheelchair behind the front seats. The many conversion companies that use Fiat wheelchair-accessible vehicles are listed at the bottom of the page. Fiat offers three options for customers with disabilities: our own in-house programme Autonomy Choices, the Motability scheme, and wheelchair accessible vehicles.
More than 2 million people in the UK have access to some form of Government mobility benefit, which means our Autonomy Choices programme can be offered to a wide range of disabled customers.
You will qualify if you hold or claim any of the following:
Higher, medium or lower rate Disability Living Allowance
WPMS (War Pension Mobility Supplement)
The dealer will need a copy of the Government mobility benefit award notice or Blue Badge to keep on file. The award notice only has to be valid at the time of application for the vehicle, and there are no age restrictions. If the person receiving the benefit doesn’t drive, the application can be made in the name of an immediate member of their family, but the vehicle must be used by, or for the benefit of, the person with disabilities.
Our finance options are available to customers over 18 years and a guarantee or indemnity may be required. Written quotations are available on request – just speak to your nearest Fiat dealer.
Motability is a national UK charity, and the scheme helps disabled people meet the cost of getting a car through financial plans. Fiat was one of the founder members of the scheme and continues to support its excellent work.
You will qualify if you hold or claim:
- The higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- WPMS (War Pension Mobility Supplement)
Remember: your mobility award needs to be valid for the length of the hire purchase agreement you take out, and for at least twelve months for contract hire agreements.