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  • The Queen’s speech outlined a number of proposals that will have a positive impact on disabled drivers over the next few years. Her Majesty first mentioned that the government plans to keep Britain at the forefront of new motor industries like driverless cars and electric vehicles by implementing a number of initiatives. The government aims to reduce the running costs of electric vehicles by creating a government operated network of charging points, this will remove the current need for electric car owners to register with a number of private companies to use their charging points. At the moment people have to pay the registration and membership fees to these companies in

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  • More than a quarter of UK motorists have become sunburnt while travelling in a car and 13% said that they have deliberately rolled down the windows while in the car in an attempt to get a tan. One in seven motorists have even gone as far as to stick their arm, or another part of their body, out of the window to take advantage of the sun, and 29% of these individuals have either had an accident or a near miss as a result. This information was collected by confused.com and the skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK.

    The survey also revealed that 81% of the motorists admitted that they have never been concerned about the

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  • St Marks Shopping Centre, in Lincoln, has now received the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) in recognition of the accessibility of both its ground level, and multi-storey carpark. The DPA is now a Certified Mark and it is the only accreditation which a car park can possess as a guarantee of their accessibility. Valerie Johnson, Centre Manager at St Marks said: ‘’This is a fantastic achievement for the centre and we’re really pleased to be recognised with the accreditation. We pride ourselves on having accessible car parking for all of our customers.”

    DMUK is proud to announce that there

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  • On the 12th June the company, Atos, changed its name to Independent Assessment Services (IAS). The assessment providers have explained the main reasons for the change, firstly, the new name distinguishes the company from the DWP by making it clear that they are ‘independent’ assessment providers, and secondly it better explains the service that the company provides. The staff working at (IAS) would like to reassure Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants that the name change will not have any impact on the way things are run, any assessments that were booked under Atos Healthcare will still go ahead as planned and the way these

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  • The cost of repairing your vehicle has risen by 32% since 2014, experts believe that this is because an increasing number of vehicles are being fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

    Due to the complexity of these systems it costs an average of £1,678 for drivers to have their vehicles repaired. The CEO of Thatcham Research, Peter Shaw commented: “The average repair bill has risen by 32 per cent over the last three years. This has been driven by the reparability of parts such as headlamps, increasing complexity of vehicle materials and technology and the rising cost of spare parts,

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  • DMUK’s Baywatch 2017 Campaign launches today and continues throughout June. During this campaign, we are asking disabled people to survey their local supermarket car park to measure the level of disabled bay abuse. Baywatch last took place in 2013 and we run the campaign every few years to try to improve the enforcement of disabled bays in supermarket car parks and educate car park operators about the importance of disabled bay enforcement. Visit the Baywatch section of our website for more information on how to get involved. DMUK would like to thank you for your participation.

  • 654,000 drivers are failing to tell their car insurer about the outstanding penalty points on their driving licences according to research conducted by the RAC Foundation. It was revealed that 18% of those surveyed would choose not to notify their insurer if they picked up any points on their licence because of a traffic offence and if these numbers are applied to the whole of the UK it means that the amount of people that could potentially be driving around with invalid insurance is well into the millions.

    The RAC’s Insurance Director, Mark Godfrey, commented: “Not declaring penalty points is a serious matter as it puts drivers at risk of holding invalid

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  • 42,000 drivers have been caught by the smart motorway cameras installed on the M1 and M25. All together these speeding motorists have paid over £100 million in variable speed limit fines as a result.

    Last year more than £526 million worth of speeding fines were issued to speeding motorists on smart motorways around the UK, as over 210,000 drivers were caught in excess of the variable speed limit which can drop from 70mph down to as low as 20mph in some circumstances.

    Amanda Stratton, the Motoring Editor, for confused. com, commented: “There seems to be a perception among drivers that variable speed cameras on smart motorways are there to catch people

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  • The number of pothole related breakdowns has risen by 63% compared to last year according to new figures released by the RAC. Between January and March the RAC came to the aid of 6,500 drivers for whom the most likely cause of breakdown was the poor state of the roads they had been travelling on. The list of faults in these cases included damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and damage to alloys.

    This 63% rise in the number of pothole related call outs has come about this year despite a recent investment of £1.2billion from the government to help improve the condition of the UK’s local roads. The government has also recently set up something called

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  • When searching for a driving instructor learner drivers may soon be able to view an instructor’s ‘Standards Check’ grade before making their choice. DVSA wants to raise the standards of driver training across the UK, and one of the methods they are considering to achieve this goal is to make it mandatory for all of the country’s 40,000 driving instructors to display their Standards Check grade to prospective clients. As things stand, driving instructors can publish their Standards Check grade  on www.gov.uk/find-driving-schools-and-lessons and at the moment, only three percent of the UK’s driving

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