Introduction:

An authorized driver is an individual with a driver's license who has been authorized to drive the vehicle of an individual with limited mobility
As of August 2013, an authorized driver may live up to 1.5 km from the individual with limited mobility's home; individuals whose claims were previously rejected due to the distance limitation should submit a new claim

A Mobility Benefit authorized driver is a person who has a driver's license, who has been authorized by the National Insurance Institute to drive the vehicle of an individual with limited mobility in accordance with that individual's request.

  • Authorized drivers are permitted to drive a vehicle purchased with a standing loan for new vehicle taxes even if the individual with limited mobility is not in the vehicle.
  • Any other driver may only drive the vehicle with the consent of the the individual with limited mobility, and only when that individual is in the vehicle.
  • Parents who do not have a driver's license who would like to purchase a vehicle with a standing loan may designate an authorized driver for their child.

Who can be an authorized driver?

  • Authorized drivers may be any of the following people:
    1. Family members of the individual with limited mobility, including: spouses, children (and their spouses), parents (including adoptive and step-parents), siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren.
    2. Caregivers - One who cares for an individual with limited mobility for most hours of the day.

Distance Restrictions

  • According to an amendment to the Mobility Agreement in August 2013, an authorized driver may live up to 1.5 km from the individual with limited mobility's home, or further away if they live in the two closest buildings within their municipal boundaries (this maximum distance had previously been 500 m).
  • Individuals whose claim was previously rejected due to the distance limitation should submit a new claim to have eligibility re-examined.
  • For more information, see the National Insurance Institute website.

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