• Baywatch 2020 is Here!

    DMUK’s campaign which looks into levels of disabled parking abuse is now live!

    A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination, especially at their local supermarket. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge.

    Disabled Motoring UK’s Baywatch campaign seeks to address this. Last year was our best campaign yet with record numbers of participants. However, this was before the world was swamped by the current Coronavirus pandemic. Usually DMUK asks individuals to physically go to a supermarket car park and count cars not displaying a Blue Badge which are

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  • The Inclusive Toolkit

    The Business Disability Forum (DBF) has been working with Skipton Building Society to create a communications toolkit which includes several resources designed to help businesses and organisations around the UK to communicate more effectively with those who have specific accessibility needs. The resources available in the toolkit include best practice case studies, informative videos, options for making small print accessible and further advice and guidance. A total of £23,760 is being used to compile this toolkit and it is hoped that it will help all businesses to ensure they are communicating as effectively as possible with their disabled customers. The CEO of the Business

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  • Changing Places Toilets Made Mandatory

    The government has made an important change to building regulations which means that Changing Places toilets are going to be made mandatory in all newly built public buildings from next year. The government estimates that these toilets will be installed in 150 new buildings per year. Shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, and supermarkets are just some of the buildings that will be required to have at least one Changing Places toilet installed from next year. These toilets are large facilities with specialist equipment to assist disabled people, such as hoists and adult sized changing benches. This change to building regulations will help more than 250,000  disabled people gain

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  • Summer Staycation Campaign

    As more and more people have begun driving around the UK in search of their holiday destination this summer Highways England (HE) is urging motorists to make a few crucial vehicle safety checks before setting off on any long journey. These checks include checking the travel conditions, checking fluid levels and tyre pressures, and making sure that any loads are well secured. If you are going to be towing throughout your journey it is important to make sure you have the correct licence and insurance to do so, check your vehicle is connected correctly and ensure the load is secure and within the weight limits for your vehicle.

    HE has stated that almost 20% of the vehicle breakdowns

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  • Effective Blue Badge Enforcement Continues in Bromley

    Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) working in the London borough of Bromley have recently prosecuted 11 motorists and one vehicle owner for offences relating to Blue Badge misuse and abuse.  These 12 individuals have been ordered to pay fines totalling £4,352 for a range of offences including; using a counterfeit badge, displaying badges that had been cancelled due to loss or theft, using badges that had belonged to individuals who have passed away and using badges when the holder wasn’t present. A vehicle owner was also prosecuted for failing to provide information relating to the identity of a driver who was suspected of misusing a child’s Blue Badge.

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  • Lower Thames Crossing Consultation

    The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road which would connect Kent, Thurrock and Essex by means of a tunnel passing beneath the River Thames. Highways England (HE) has stated that it would provide much needed increased road capacity across the river east of London and really help to support regional economic growth. Following on from local stakeholder consultations and the analysis of technical data earlier in the year HE would like to hear your views on their proposed refinements to the design of this crossing.  You can visit HE’s consultation website to find out more about their proposals and submit your response to the consultation.

    The consultation closes on

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  • Photocard Driving Licence Extension

    Photocard driving licences that will reach the end of their 10 year validity before 31st August 2020 will be automatically granted a seven month extension. The extension will be granted from the expiry date on each particular licence and drivers will not have to take any action at this time. When the extension comes to an end people will be sent a renewal reminder. The DVLA has now stated that this extension also applies to situations where a person's entitlement to drive is due to expire before 31st August.

    In the cases where a driver has already applied to renew their photocard licence online this will be processed as normal. If someone has already submitted a paper application

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  • Be Sure to Keep your Car in Good Condition

    According to recent research around one in ten cars could be being driven on our roads with a dangerous fault at the moment because of the six month MOT extension which was put in place to help motorists cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The research was conducted by the car service price comparison site, bookmygarage.com and it comes after the release of statistics from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which indicate that 9.1% of MOTs are failed because a dangerous fault is found. With these statistics in mind the DVSA has stressed the importance of conducting regular vehicle checks at this time. Despite the six month MOT extension however, the DVSA stated

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  • Justice System Failing Some Disabled People

    Following its inquiry into the criminal justice system the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) concluded that it is failing people on the autistic spectrum, those with brain injuries and those with learning disabilities. The EHRC’s report indicates that when people with any of these conditions are accused, the correct adjustments are not always made to allow them to participate in the justice process. Furthermore a number of legal professionals haven’t had the training they need to enable them to carry out their roles effectively when they are working on these cases. The EHRC also found that there are a disproportionate amount of people with learning disabilities and

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  • Health and Disability Benefit Update from DWP

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stated that face-to-face assessments relating to health and disability benefits will continue to be suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic and this temporary measure will be kept under review. Starting this month, reassessments and reviews for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will gradually resume. 

    Paper based assessments are still being carried out for new claimants and telephone based assessments will be used when required as a temporary solution. With this in mind, the DWP would like to encourage people to make a claim if they believe they are entitled to health and disability

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