• Road Maintenance Issues Continue

    As many as 32% of UK drivers have had their car damaged by potholes according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted by Citroen. The average repair bill for damage caused by potholes is £141.95 and 11% of drivers have to pay more than £251 for a pothole related repair. Nearly 25% of the drivers surveyed had attempted to claim the repair costs back from their local council. Pothole related repairs cost local authorities nearly £6 million in compensation in 2019/20 according to data supplied by the Asphalt Industry Alliance. Their report revealed that a pothole is repaired every 21 seconds in England and

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  • Now I can Drive or Sit Upfront in my Wheelchair 

    Sirus Customer, Richard Johns drives from his wheelchair, and when he doesn’t want to drive, he can switch to the upfront passenger position. Sirus Automotive’s conversion, based on the Ford Tourneo Connect is designed to provide freedom, independence and inclusion. 

    At first, I didn’t want a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV). Looking back, I would advise anyone to consider this much sooner – it really does make life so much easier. Especially with a Sirus conversion, which are much more car-like than some of the big vans out there.  

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  • New EV Research Investment

    The government has pledged to invest £30 million into electric and hydrogen vehicle research. This will mean that around £9.4 million will be invested into 22 different studies focusing on various different areas of research including the possibility of developing of a low-carbon lithium hydroxide plant in Cornwall. This could make UK battery production easier, as lithium is one of the crucial components of an electric car’s battery cells. 

    Another separate study will examine a lightweight hydrogen fuel tank developed by Loughborough’s Haydale Composite Solutions to ascertain how

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  • Face-to-Face Assessments to Resume for Health and Disability Benefits

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that face-to-face assessments will resume for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and all other health and disability benefits in May. At first this will only apply to claimants that the department cannot assess fully using paper of telephone-based assessments. 
    Claimants will be invited to their assessments via letters which will clearly explain what they should expect when they arrive. Face-to-face assessments for PIP and Work Capability assessments (WCAs) will be conducted alongside paper-based and telephone assessments where suitable. The DWP has worked

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  • Highways England Breakdowns Campaign

    Highways England has launched its largest ever motorway safety campaign to make sure all motorists know what to do if they are unfortunate enough to breakdown on a motorway. The key message of this campaign is that if you breakdown on the motorway go left. If you are not able to exit the motorway at the next junction or service station, try to go left into an emergency area or hard shoulder. Get safe and then get help. If you are unable to leave your vehicle and get to safety, you should keep your seat belts on, put your hazard warning lights on and call 999 immediately. Highways England Equality and Diversity Manager Julian Horsler said: “We know that driving gives

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  • Attitudes Towards Welfare System Changing

    According to a YouGOV survey the number of people who believe that the benefits people receive are too high has decreased by from 37% in 2013 to just 15%. The data also reveals a significant decrease in the number of people who think the benefits system is open to abuse. In addition, more people think that not enough help is being provided to both those in and out of work. 1.7 million people of working age are currently unemployed, and 5 million people are on furlough.

    We are aware that the cost of living is often much higher for disabled people and therefore it is not uncommon for those who need to rely on disability benefits to struggle financially. Despite the likelihood of

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  • Major Changing Places Toilet Investment

    The government has recently announced a new funding injection of £30 million to increase the number of Changing Places toilets across England. This announcement follows the introduction of a law which came into effect in January to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in certain newly built public buildings. Changing places toilets are larger more accessible toilets fitted with assistive equipment including hoists and adult-sized changing benches. Kerry Thompson, Changing Places campaigner, commented: “The biggest challenge I face when going anywhere outside my home is locating a Changing Places facility. They really do make a world of

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  • PIP Assessment Recordings Available

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants will be able to have their assessments recorded. The DWP has said that recording should be permitted when face-to-face assessments return once the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Assessment recordings will be carried out at the claimant’s request, they will not be automatic. The DWP stated: “We have recently started working with both assessment providers [Capita and IAS]… to find a suitable method of audio recording which we hope to have in place with the reintroduction of face-to-face assessments. This will remove the need

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  • E10 Petrol to be Introduced

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will be introducing a more environmentally friendly grade of petrol to the UK’s fuel stations this year. This new grade of petrol is referred to as E10 petrol because it contains 10% bioethanol. The current petrol grade dispensed at UK petrol stations, E5, only contains 5% bioethanol. It has been reported that the introduction of E10 petrol will help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions to such an extent that it will be the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    All cars built after 2011 will be able to run on E10 petrol, but the government is well aware that an estimated 700,000 vehicles in the UK will

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  • Speeding Becoming Increasingly Unacceptable

    IAM RoadSmart’s new study reveals that speeding has become less acceptable among motorists than it was five years ago. In 2016, the organisation’s survey of 2,000 people showed that 55% of motorists believed that driving at 80mph was acceptable on a motorway. However, this figure has now dropped to 43%. The percentage of people who think it is acceptable to drive faster than 80mph on a motorway has also decreased, falling from 28% to 23%. The recent survey also revealed that more motorists think it is unacceptable to speed in towns, but it is concerning that many of the respondents thought it was okay to drive 5mph over the speed limit on a residential street. Neil Greig,

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