Why Has Mercedes Left Motability? The Complete Story
Mercedes-Benz has announced its decision to leave the Motability scheme, which provides cars to people with disabilities. This move has left many disabled motorists wondering why the luxury automaker has left the program. In this blog post, we’ll explore why Mercedes has made this decision.
What is Motability?
Motability is a government-funded initiative that helps disabled people lease cars using their mobility allowance. The scheme is run by the Motability Operations Group, a not-for-profit company that partners with automakers to provide cars that meet the needs of disabled drivers.
Why Has Mercedes Left Motability?
According to Mercedes, their decision to leave Motability is a strategic move that aims to focus on their core business goals. The luxury automaker has stated that they plan to concentrate on producing SUVs and electrified vehicles in the coming years, and the Motability scheme doesn’t fit within their vision.
The company has also cited Brexit as a factor in their decision, saying that the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU has made it difficult for them to plan for the future.
What Does This Mean for Disabled Motorists?
The decision by Mercedes to leave Motability will undoubtedly have an impact on disabled drivers who rely on the scheme to lease their cars. However, they needn’t worry about any immediate changes as the automaker will continue to fulfil all existing Motability orders and agreements until they expire.
Moreover, there are still plenty of other automakers partnered with Motability who offer a wide range of vehicles that meet the needs of disabled drivers. So, disabled motorists still have plenty of options to choose from.
Overall, Mercedes’ decision to leave Motability is a strategic move for them as they focus on their core business goals. As they concentrate on producing SUVs and electrified vehicles in the coming years, it’s likely that the automaker will re-focus on the Motability scheme at a later stage. In the meantime, disabled motorists still have plenty of other options to choose from, and the scheme will continue to provide essential transport to those who need it most.