Accessible vehicles and equipment: scheme rules

We are looking for additional suppliers to join the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment (AVE) Scheme. This publication sets out the scheme rules and criteria suppliers must meet in order to be successfully accredited as part of the Scheme.

Apply to provide accessible vehicles for disabled people

We're looking for new providers to join the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment Scheme.

Accredited providers contribute a valuable service to our community. They can help disabled people:

  • get access to affordable, worry-free transport
  • be more independent
  • gain confidence

Background to the scheme

The Scotland Act 2016 devolved new powers over social security to the Scottish Parliament. As a consequence, the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 now creates the legal framework for Scottish social security benefits. Social Security Scotland is an Executive Agency responsible for administering social security payments on behalf of the Scottish Ministers.

The scheme gives disabled people access to affordable vehicles and mobility equipment including:

  • cars
  • scooters
  • powered wheelchairs
  • adapted vehicles
  • electric bikes

How the scheme works

To join the scheme, clients will lease a vehicle from an accredited provider. Clients must be receiving either:

  • the higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment
  • the enhanced rate mobility component of Adult Disability Payment.

Social Security Scotland will make payments on the client's behalf for the lease to the accredited provider. We'll pay either all or part of a client's qualifying benefit.

We'll also be responsible for both:

  • checking if clients are eligible for the scheme
  • notifying providers of any changes of client circumstances



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