Individuals with limited mobility who do not have a vehicle may be entitled to receive a monthly mobility allowance to help cover transport expenses for travel on public transport, shuttles and more.
- In certain cases this allowance can even be paid to individuals who already own a vehicle provided the vehicle is a disabled vehicle.
Who is Eligible?
- Individuals who do not own a vehicle or whose vehicle has been de-registered, who meet the Mobility Benefit Conditions of Eligibility are entitled to the allowance if they meet all of the criteria in one of the following sections:
- They are at least 18 years old + they have been determined to have at least 80% limited mobility + earn over 2,196 NIS (correct as of 2018) or they are serving in mandatory army service and they are not considered to be a "person with disabilities" in accordance with the National Insurance Law definition.
- They are at least 18 years old + they receive a Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) + they have been determined to have 100% limited mobility or a medical committee has determined that they need a wheelchair and they use one.
- They receive a Disabled Child Benefit + they have been determined to have at least 80% limited mobility or a medical committee has determined that they need a wheelchair and they use one.
- They are an adult for whom 100% limited mobility has been determined, or a minor for whom at least 80% limited mobility has been determined, or they have limited mobility, a medical committee has determined that they need a wheelchair and they use one + they live in an institutional framework which they leave in a motorized vehicle at least 6 times per month for work, school, social activities, rehabilitation or volunteering purposes + they do not receive funding towards these outings from any other source + they are entitled to a Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) or a Disabled Child Benefit but do not receive it because they live in an institutional framework.
- Individuals with limited mobility who live in an institutional framework and own a vehicle purchased with a standing loan for new vehicle taxes but were not required to repay the loan due to special circumstances may also be entitled to the allowance, as long as they meet all of the required conditions detailed in section four above.
Definition of "Person with Disabilities"
- For purposes of the allowance, a "person with disabilities" is any Israeli resident who is not a homemaker, is at least 18 years old and has not yet reached retirement age who meets one of the following criteria as the result of a physical, mental or emotional disability that was present since birth or was caused by illness or accident:
- His/her is incapable of earning a living or his/her earning capacity has decreased by at least 50% due to the disability (either all at once or gradually).
- He/she has an income which is less than 60% of the average wage - for individuals entitled to the allowance for an extended period of time or who have a severe disability) - or he/sher has income which is less than 45% of the average wage - for individuals entitled to the allowance for a limited period of time or who have a disability that is not severe.
How to Claim It?
- First, one must go to the District Medical office in order to establish limited mobility. For details, see: Medical Committee for Determining Limited Mobility.
- The National Insurance Institute claim must be submitted within 2 months of the date on which the medical committee decision (or appeals committee decision, if applicable), was sent (not the date on which it was received) in accordance with the rate of limited mobility that was determined. For more details, see Submitting a Mobility Benefit Claim.
- The following documents must be submitted with the National Insurance Institute claim:
- Applicants who are earners must attach pay slips for the 3 months preceding the date the claim is submitted.
- Those living in an institutional framework must attach documentation indicating the number and dates of their outings in a motorized vehicle (at least 6 per month).
- Signed letter of commitment for those with limited mobility.
- The allowance is paid starting from the first of the month in which the examination request was submitted to the medical committee.
- If the allowance claim was submitted more than 2 months after the medical or appeals committee decision was sent:
- The allowance will be paid retroactively for the 2 months that preceded the month in which the claim was submitted to the National Insurance Institute.
- The allowance will only be paid for this period if all relevant conditions of eligibility were met throughout the period.
- The allowance amount is 2,364 NIS per month, beginning 01.10.2012 and is correct for 2018. (This amount is identical to the allowance amount for a person with limited mobility who has a valid driver's license for whom 100% limited mobility was established and has a vehicle with an engine capacity of 1,800 cc.)
- The mobility allowance amounts and the supplement amount are updated in accordance with increases in car insurance prices, fuel prices, and repair and maintenance prices.
- The updates take place any time the rate of increase reaches 4% as compared to the previous rate, and at least once per year on January 1.
Stop of Allowance Payments
Payment of the allowance may be stopped in the following cases:
- Any of the conditions of eligibility are no longer met or are found to not be met.
- The recipient is hospitalized for at least 3 consecutive months and is not entitled to the allowance for non-vehicle owners as someone living in an institution.
- Travel Abroad :
- If the recipient received the allowance for less than 3 consecutive months, and left the country for a period exceeding one calendar month (from the 1 of the month to the 30 or 31), payment of the pension is terminated by the 1st of the month after leaving the country.
- If the recipient received the allowance for more than 3 consecutive months prior to going abroad, payment of the allowance will only stop after the recipient is abroad for more than 6 consecutive months.
Laws and Regulations
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.
- Detailed allowance amounts can be found on the National Insurance Institute's English website.