• Slow Progress for Blue Badge Enforcement

    One of DMUK’s most crucial campaigns is encouraging local authorities to make sure that the Blue Badge scheme is properly administered and enforced. The national Blue Badge statistics for 2020 released on 20th January 2021 reveal that many local authorities are still not doing enough to uphold the integrity of the Blue Badge scheme.

    On 31st March 2020 there were 2.44 million Blue Badges held in England. This is an increase of 6.5% since March 2019. This increase was expected following the extension of the Blue Badge eligibility criteria which came into effect in August 2019. Local authorities issued 996,000 badges in 2019/20 and 26,000 of these were issued to individuals

  • Prema Care Live-In Care Solutions

    Prema Care, has taken the greatest care to create an agency that families can trust when it comes to sourcing, checking and introducing the most qualified and compassionate live-in carers to their wide range of clients, who come to them safe in the knowledge that they can match exactly the right person for their own individual care needs, however simple or complex they may be. Their priority is that you get access to live-in care to enable you – or your loved one - to have the best possible quality of life in your own home, surrounded by your friends, family, possessions and even pets! If you have hobbies, interests and activities you like to take part in, they’re going to

  • High Levels of Electric Vehicle Satisfaction

    According to a survey of 2,000 electric vehicle owners conducted by Zap Motoring 91% of these people would not switch back to a vehicle powered by petrol of diesel. Only 8% of the respondents said they were unsure, and just 1% said that they missed their previous vehicle. The majority of the people who responded to the survey (73%) said that they were driving their first electric vehicle with 52% having switched within the last year. The survey also revealed that the electric vehicles with the highest satisfaction rates included the Volkswagen ID.3, the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid and the BMW 3 Series saloon. All of these models received 100% satisfaction rating. RAC spokesperson, Rod

  • Disparity in Successful Blue Badge Applications Revealed

    According to an investigation conducted by the BBC those who apply for a Blue Badge on the grounds of having a non-visible disability have far lower success rates than those who apply on the grounds of having a visible physical disability. Of the 109 councils that provided full responses to the BBC’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request 80% approved more people with visible physical disabilities than those with non-visible disabilities. In the case of 10 of these councils, the disparity equated to as much as 50 percentage points.

    The councils with the largest disparity between approval rates assured the BBC that they had followed government guidance and assisted applicants

  • Research Suggests Changes to Road Safety Education

    Motorists who are shown examples of responsible motoring are more likely to adopt a safer driving style after seeing them, than those who are shown images and footage which is intended to serve as a warning according to new research carried out by a number of the nation’s universities. Part of the research 146 drivers were separated into two groups. One of the groups watched a video showing a positive message of a driver who told his passengers not to distract him as he reached his destination safely. The other group watched a video which showed a reckless driver crashing as he was being distracted by his passengers. The participants also watched the videos both with virtual

  • Cameras being used to Spot Tailgaters

    Highways England plans to clamp down on tailgaters by installing cameras to spot those who are doing it on the motorway. The cameras which are able to detect when vehicles are traveling to close to each other are being trialled on the M1. before they are used across the country. The new cameras have detected 26,000 tailgating vehicles on the M1 in the first two months of the trial. This means that 419 drivers per day are breaking the two second minimum distance rule found in the Highway Code.

    The police have not prosecuted these drivers, instead they have sent warning letters to the offending motorists via the post to remind them of the dangers of driving too close to other

  • NI Personal Independence Payment Review

    The second independent review of how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is administered in Northern Ireland has now been published. Both this review, and the previous one were commissioned by the Department for Communities. The first independent review was published in 2018 and in this review, 14 recommendations for improvement were made. In total, 10 of these recommendations were accepted or partially accepted and four were rejected by the department. Distrust on behalf of claimants was seen as the biggest issue with the PIP assessment process in this first review and the recommendations therefore centred around the need for clarity, openness and clearer advice as to how claimants can

  • DVLA Urges Motorists to be Scam Aware

    The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) is advising its customers to be aware of scams as they have risen dramatically in recent months. The DVLA is reminding motorists that the only way to access official information about DVLA and its services is by visiting gov.uk. The agency never asks for bank details via email and never sends text messages regarding vehicle tax refunds. Motorists are advised to report any suspicious emails they receive to the National Cyber Security Centre via www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails.

    The DVLA five top tips for staying safe online are to only use gov.uk when searching for DVLA contact details, Avoid websites offering to

  • PIP Assessments Update
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Protocol

    As of 14th December, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has reinstated its ‘Failure to Attend’ protocol and it will now relate to telephone-based assessments. The department has stated that the letters it sends out inviting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment will clearly state that it is necessary to attend a telephone assessment. Claimants who fail to attend a telephone-based assessment without good reason will have their claim disallowed. Disallowance decisions will be subject to the normal processes of Mandatory Reconsideration and appeal. Claimants can also make a new claim if they

  • Green Number Plates for Zero-Emissions Vehicles

    on 8th December the Department for Transport (DfT) introduced the first green number plates for zero-emission vehicles. The Department hopes this will raise awareness of the transition to zero-emissions vehicles and give the drivers of these vehicles access to local area benefits such as cheaper parking and free entry into zero emissions zones. This announcement reinforces the government’s commitment to improving air quality in UK towns and cities. It also supports the governments aim to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. These new number plates can be retrofitted to existing vehicles providing they don’t produce any CO2 emissions from the tailpipe.