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Queen is in driving seat for motability scheme

By Tony Jones

The Queen has celebrated the 40th anniversary of a scheme providing much-needed adapted vehicles for disabled drivers as a Government minister reaffirmed her commitment to the project.

Five drivers received a ceremonial key fob for their new cars and vans from the Queen as she hosted an open-air Windsor Castle reception for the Motability Scheme which has put 4.5 million vehicles on the road and pavements since 1977.

Established by Lord Sterling and the late Lord Goodman, the initiative was hailed by those who met the monarch, Motability's chief patron, as an essential service enabling them to get behind the wheel and be as active as the rest of society. The scheme entitles disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using part of their benefit, and they are adapted for the claimant's individual needs.

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