A Monthly Mobility Allowance for Vehicle Owners is paid to individuals with limited mobility who own a vehicle.
- Allowance rates vary based on a number of factors such as the type of vehicle and the rate of disability.
- Car owners who "earn money" (see details below) are eligible for an additional allowance.
Who is Eligible?
- A person is eligible if he/she meets both of the following criteria:
Supplement for Earners
- An "'earner'" is anyone whose income from work is greater than 2,196 NIS (correct as of 2018) as of as well as soldiers in regular service.
- Vehicle owners who are "earners" are entitled to an allowance supplement if the following 3 conditions are met:
- He/she worked for at least 6 consecutive months before submitting the allowance request
- His/her commute to work is at least 40km round trip (20km each way).
- He/she regularly travels to work in his/her vehicle.
How to Claim It?
- First a person has to contact the central health office in order to establish limited mobility. For more information see the Medical Committee for Determining Limited Mobility.
- Within 2 months from when the decision of the medical committee (or the medical appeals committee, in the case of an appeal) was sent (and not from when it was received) establishing the rate of limitation, a claim must be sent to the National Insurance Institute. For more information see Submitting a Mobility Benefit Claim.
- The following documents must be submitted with the National Insurance Institute claim:
- A photocopy of a valid driver's license with details of all driving restrictions.
- A photocopy of a valid comprehensive insurance policy.
- Applicants who are earners must also attach pay slips for the three months preceding the date the claim is submitted.
- Soldiers performing compulsory service must bring documentation of service from the IDF including their estimated release date.
- 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.
Cessation of Allowance Payments
- Payment of the allowance will be stopped in the following cases:
- Any of the conditions of eligibility are no longer met or are found to not be met.
- The vehicle is sold.
- Six months have passed since the Medical Institute for Road Safety determined that there were new limitations that necessitated switching vehicles, the recipient did not switch vehicles and there is no one to drive for him/her.
- The recipient does not use the vehicle for at least 3 consecutive months.
- The recipient is hospitalized for at least 3 consecutive months and is not entitled to the allowance for non-vehicle owners for someone living in an institution.
- Three months have passed since the vehicle was stolen, destroyed or damaged, and an appraiser authorized by the National Insurance Institute determined that the vehicle cannot be repaired so that the recipient can use it again.
- Leaving the country:
- If the recipient received the allowance for less than 3 consecutive months prior to going abroad, and he/she leaves the country for more than one calendar month (from the 1- 30/31 of the month) then the allowance payment will stop on the 1rst of the month after he/she leaves 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.
- Allowance amounts vary depending on the following factors:
- If the recipient has a valid driver's license or not
- The size of the vehicle, as long as it is no larger than the determining vehicle size
- The extent of limited mobility
- If the recipient is an earner or not (see above for details)
- If the recipient serves in the military (either in compulsory service or as a volunteer)
- If the recipient is entitled to a private vehicle wheelchair lift, and if he has installed one
- If the recipient is entitled to a special accessories vehicle (a vehicle in which one may sit or drive in a wheelchair) and if he has purchased one
- For those who drive themselves - The allowance amount is also determined according to the value of the special accessories that were approved by the Medical Institute for Road Safety and were installed in the vehicle.
- The allowance amounts and supplements are updated based on inflation of auto insurance, fuel, and repair and maintenance prices. Updates are made each time the rate of increase is at least 4% compared to the previous rate, and in any case on January 1 of each year.
- Detailed allowance amounts can be found on the National Insurance Institute's English website.
- Two or more individuals with limited mobility who are family members (see definition below) and who own the same vehicle can be entitled to a mobility allowance for a shared vehicle if they meet the following criteria:
- If only one of them has a driver's license or if neither of them has a driver's license and they are requesting that a single authorized driver be approved for them together, they must live in the same home.
- If they both have driver's licenses, they must live in the same building.
- Family members for this purpose are defined as: spouses children or children-in-law, parents (including foster and step-parents), siblings and sibilings-in-law, grandparents, or grandchildren.
- A Mobility Allowance for a Shared Vehicle is calculated in the following way: The full allowance amount for the recipient entitled to a hire allowance plus 35% of the allowance that would be paid to the other eligible recipient if they were not to purchase a vehicle together.
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- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.