• Naidex Returns for 2021 

    The organisers of Naidex are pleased to announce that the event will return to the NEC in Birmingham on 15th and 16th September. Naidex caters for people with disabilities or health conditions and their carers, organisations working on their behalf, professionals searching for accessibility solutions and various companies selling their independent living solutions.  

    The event will feature a range of speakers from the independent living sector including Disabled Motoring UK and exhibitors will be showcasing their latest innovative products. Paralympic Gold medalist Naomi

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  • Moto Makes EV Charging Commitment

    Moto motorway services has launched Rugby service station on the M6. This is the firm’s first new station in 14 years, and it holds 24 ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Moto has pledged that a further 28 sites across the country will have ultra-rapid chargers installed by the end of the year and hopes that all of its service stations will have at least six of these chargers installed by 2022. These new installations are part of the Electric Highway, the UKs nationwide charging network. Tod Harper the CEO of the Energy Solutions Company Gridserve, which is working on the Electric Highway,

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  • Scottish Government improves Access to Mobility Equipment

    The Scottish government has begun trialling a scheme to provide northern Scotland's smaller towns with an outreach mobility advisor as part of a initiative designed to remove access barriers and create jobs. It will mean that City Mobility, an independent mobility business Highlands, Moray and Grampian to hire the advisor and the company is hoping to create pop up showrooms in more accessible areas to benefit those who find it difficult to travel to larger cities for their mobility needs. Carol Elliot, City Mobility’s Managing Director, said: “Coming from a rural area, I’m aware how hard it is

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  • Crash for Cash Hotspots Revealed

    Parts of Birmingham and Bradford make up the top five ‘crash for cash’ hotspots in the UK. Further areas featuring on the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) list include parts of Walsall, Blackburn and Romford. The IFB stated that single gangs can be responsible for thousands of intentional collisions in certain areas with the total value of fraudulent claims going into millions of pounds. According to the IFB’s data around 170,000 of the 2.7 million insurance claims that were made in the UK between October 2019 and October 2020 were fraudulent. 

    B25, B34 and B8 postcodes in

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  • Global Business Accessibility Initiative

    Some of the world’s largest companies have joined the Valuable 500 initiative which aims to make businesses more accessible to disabled people. The founder, Caroline Casey stated that businesses around the world are missing out on a total of $13trn by not being accessible to disabled consumers. Caroline Casey said: “As we move out of this pandemic and we need to recover, why would any business look at leaving $13trn on the table?" The reason the initiative is called the valuable 500 is that its purpose is to get 500 international companies to place disability inclusion on their board agenda. So far companies which have 20

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  • Baywatch 2021 is Coming

    -Supported by Baroness Grey-Thompson

    A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge. Last year DMUK changed the format of the parking survey so that participants could fill it in at home. This allowed the charity to also expand the scope of the survey to gauge your opinions of other aspects of parking and the Blue Badge Scheme.

    Last year saw record numbers of participants and the data collected was extremely useful in not just tackling the supermarkets, but also the problems in the wider parking industry. It is for that

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  • Catalytic Converter Theft Rising

    Catalytic converter thefts have increased thanks in large part to an increase in the value of precious metals recently. The RAC and the motor insurer, Ageas found that this crime now account for 3 in 10 of all thefts from private vehicles. Catalytic converters contain platinum and rhodium which are expensive on the black market. The firms pointed out that rhodium prices hit record highs earlier this year, increasing by more than 200% since March 2020.  

    According to the research most thefts occur when the vehicle is parked at home, either on the driveway or in the road. Although some converters have been stolen from cars parked in supermarket

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  • UK EV Market Expanding

    The UK has surpassed France to become the second biggest electric vehicle (EV) market in Europe due to a rise in demand for zero emissions vehicles. An estimated 31,800 electric vehicles were sold in the first three months of this year which is 1,300 more than France according to analysis conducted by the independent automotive expert Matthias Schmidt. Battery powered EVs made up 7.5% of vehicle sales in the first three months of 2021 almost double the market share when compared to the same period last year. This data is taken from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 

    Regardless of the impact of the

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  • Social Media Used to Improve Rail Access

    Avanti West Coast is the first train operator in the UK to launch a dedicated social media platform for its disabled customers. The forum means that passengers on the West Coast Mainline can connect with each other along with a social media team which is there to provide specialist support. The rail operator has launched a group called Accessible Rail Travel with Avanti West Coast on Facebook with the aim of building an online community to assist disabled customers and give them the opportunity to help others by drawing on their own experience. The hope is that this will create incredibly useful insights and help the

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  • 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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