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  • One fifth of the payment machines in council carparks around the UK still don’t accept the new £1 coins even though they have now been in circulation for three months. This was discovered by the AA following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. With many drivers set to be on the road this weekend for the start of the summer holiday, the organisation warns that people could face Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) if they fail to pay for their parking.

    Out of the 340 councils that responded to the AA’s FOI request, 74 of those that had coin operated ticket machines in operation said that they had not updated all of them so that they would accept the new coins

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  • Cottages.com, a company which DMUK works in partnership with, has recently been nominated for the award of ‘Best Holiday Cottage Booking Company’ at the British Travel Awards 2017. As part of its collection the company lists wheelchair accessible holiday cottages. The staff are also more than happy to talk to customers directly to discuss their individual accessibility needs and provide them with a number of suitable options.

    You can click here to vote for cottages.com, everybody that casts a vote will be entered in to a prize draw with the chance to win a free holiday. The voting closes on 30th September 2017 and the winning companies will be announced at the

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  • Despite the changes to the law regarding the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, many drivers are still doing it. In Fact, 40% of the drivers who were recently surveyed by the RAC Foundation admitted that even causing an accident wouldn’t be enough to stop them checking their phones while they were driving. The survey also looked in to some of the other situations that would persuade some people to stop using their phones while driving, for example 55% said that if they felt they were going to be caught by a police officer they would stop doing it, 54% said they would be deterred if they knew someone who had been a victim of a mobile phone related accident and

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  • Blessing Burgess, from Stockport, was taken to court by the private parking company, Excel, after she refused to pay a parking fine that she had been issued for entering the wrong registration number into the payment system.

    Mr Burgess had entered the vehicle registration for the family’s other car and because the couple could prove that this had been an honest mistake the parking company offered to reduce the fine by £10. Mrs Burgess didn’t relent though, she argued that because Excel hadn’t lost any money they were just out for profit. Mrs Burgess said: “They kept sending us horrible letters and we got threatening messages from a debt

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  • Over the next three years you could potential see the speed limit on roads reduced from 30mph to 20mph due to a UK wide study into the road safety benefits of lowering the speed limit by 10mph in built up areas. This study is being conducted by the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. The speed limits on a number of roads in Edinburgh and Belfast have already had their speed limits lowered by 10mph to test the theory that traffic accidents and accidents are reduced when people are travelling at lower speeds.

    The main focus of the study will be on road safety and the comparison of accident statistics, but the two

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  • Thanks to a government backed initiative run by the car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, new technology could be introduced into vehicles which will be able to alert drivers of any emergency vehicles that are approaching. This driver aid primarily works by using GPS signals. If these plans go ahead, emergency vehicles will be fitted with transponders which will be able to send information to other vehicles that are in close proximity so that drivers are fully aware of the direction that these emergency vehicles are travelling in. The companies involved are hopeful that these new devices will help drivers react efficiently to oncoming emergency vehicles and improve response

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    Stephensons is an award-winning law firm, with over 470 staff based in seven offices across the country. They are a multi-service firm providing legal services to individuals, businesses and government organisations. Disabled Motoring UK is proud to announce that Stephensons has become a Corporate Partner.

    The chances are you’ll need legal help at various times in your life and  you’ll want it to be of the highest quality, and affordable.
    At Stephensons the specialist teams are friendly and approachable and can provide all-round legal support relating to any

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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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