September will see Scotland's biggest disabled motoring event return for the first time in four years. The Motability Scheme will be bringing the two-day Big Event back to Edinburgh on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2023, helping even more people in Scotland to access independent mobility and view many of the vehicles and adaptations available through the Motability Scheme.
The Big Event Edinburgh provides a great opportunity for disabled people and their families to see more than 70 vehicles that can be leased through the Scheme, including cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), scooters and powered wheelchairs, all in one place.
The doors open at 9am until 4pm and everyone is welcome at this free information-gathering event held at The Royal Highland Centre. There’s no need to pre-book, and there’s plenty of free, accessible parking available.
Katie Clare, The Big Event Edinburgh event manager, said: “We’re very excited to be returning to Edinburgh and even more pleased to be hosting our first two-day event in Scotland. After sadly postponing last year’s scheduled event, we are looking forward to showcasing a large display of cars, WAVs, scooters and powered wheelchairs to our Scottish customers. The opportunity to test drive a range of adapted and standard production cars is always popular with visitors, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer more than ever before across a two-day event. We can’t wait to welcome our visitors and to share all there is to know about the Motability Scheme.”
Visitors to The Big Event can, for the first time, visit the popular Electric Vehicle (EV) Information Hub.
The EV Information Hub offers the chance to find out more about electric vehicles and charging at home and on the go. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything charging where visitors can meet the Motability Scheme charging provider and have their EV charging questions answered, see demonstrations, and discover the latest EV app technology available.
Over 70 cars, WAVs and vehicle adaptations available on the Scheme will be on display at the Royal Highland Centre. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore these vehicles and adaptations, offering a fantastic opportunity to find the mobility solution that’s right for them. A wide range of over 35 scooters and powered wheelchairs will also be on display.
Visitors will also be able to take test drives in a range of cars with a professional driver. Test drives will be available to experience as either a driver or passenger and visitors can choose from a range of standard production cars, or vehicles fitted with popular driving adaptations. Visitors to The Big Event can also try out many of the scooters and powered wheelchairs on display on the indoor scooter test drive track.
There will plenty of helpful experts on-hand at The Big Event to answer questions and provide advice for happy and safe motoring. Advisors from the Motability Scheme customer services team, experts from Scheme partners, and the Motability Foundation (the Charity) will all be attending the event.
A children’s play area with a bouncy castle, face painting and balloon modelling will be available to use free of charge at The Big Event. There will also be access to a quiet room along with sensory equipment such as ear defenders, for any guests who need them.
For more information about The Big Event Edinburgh including the test drive terms and conditions, visit motabilityonebigday.co.uk. To find out about some of the other motoring exhibitions and shows for motorists with a disability, click the link below.
The Motability Big Event Edinburgh
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 September 2023, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB.