23 September 2021

  • DVLA Urges Drivers to Check their Eyesight

    Fewer than 50% of motorists are aware that one must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres to be able to drive legally. This is according to a survey of 1,623 motorists conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). While 744 of the respondents were aware that this is the required distance, 322 believed it was 15 metres, 454 thought it was 25 metres and 103 people did not know have an idea of the distance. Now that traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels, the agency is calling on drivers to ensure they take the 20 metre number plate test. This call to action is part of the agency’s Number plate Test campaign which aims to remind drivers that

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  • Trialling of Digital Driving Licenses

    The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has announced the trial of a new digital driving licence system. The first phase of the plans will see a new type of provisional licence for learner drivers which they will be able to access via a smartphone app. Reports suggest that full licences will eventually be transitioned over to a digital form too, but the photocard licences will be available alongside the new licences for the foreseeable future. It has been claimed that the agency was unable to produce licenses in a digital form previously due to EU regulations. Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation said: These

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  • Free App Launched to encourage EV Take-up

    A new government backed app called EV8 Switch has recently been launched and its purpose is to encourage motorists to make the switch to an electric vehicle (EV). The app can calculate how much money motorists could save by switching to EV by factoring in the running costs of their petrol or diesel vehicle. The app can also calculate what the environmental benefits will be based on the difference in carbon dioxide CO2 emissions. In addition, motorists will be able to see where their nearest charge points are, which journeys can be completed without re-charging and which EVs would suite their current lifestyle. Transport

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  • Highway Code Updates for Smart Motorways

    National Highways has made various changes to the Highway Code to make drivers safer on high speed roads including smart motorways. The updated Highway Code includes: 

    Clearer advice on where to stop in an emergency  Clarification on the importance of not driving through a lane marked with a red X  The use of variable speed limits to manage congestion  Updated guidance on key factors that contribute to driver safety including driving when tired, tailgating, driving in roadworks, unroadworthy vehicles and safe towing 

    The updated Highway Code is available on gov.uk and the updates will be included in the next print edition of the

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  • Safety Rating System in Development for Autonomous Driving Technology

    Thatcham Research is working in conjunction with Euro NCAP to develop a safety rating system for autonomous driving technology. The hope is that this system will be adopted by crash testers. Known as the ‘Proof of Concept’ the system will use various testing procedures to measure the effectiveness of driver aids such as Autonomous Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS). In April the government announced that ALKS, which works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control and steers the vehicle to keep it in lane, will be legalised for use on motorways at speeds of up to 37mph, essentially limiting its use to traffic jams. The legalisation was supposed to

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  • DMUK Conducts Audit on EV Charger Accessibility

    DMUK CEO Graham Footer, Vice Chairman, Alan Norton, and Communications Assistant, Chris Girling recently conducted an accessibility audit on a selection of different types of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Brighton. These chargers had been installed by the EV charging specialists, Electric Blue (EB). While these charge points are not accessible for disabled motorists at the moment, DMUK aims to compile a detailed report explaining how EV chargers can be made as accessible as possible going forward. The hope is that EV charging specialists like EB and local authorities will then use the information in

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  • Which? Conducts EV Battery Research

    One specific concern for many motorists ahead of the electric vehicle (EV) switchover is the effect that traffic jams will have on vehicles range as well as the impact of using interior functions such as air-con, heated seats and the stereo. The consumer watchdog Which? has responded to these concerns by conducting research in a controlled environment to test the effects of traffic jams on EVs. The consumer watchdog left a Volkswagen ID.4 running in a stationary position with a charger plugged in, the stereo on, the air-con engaged and the lights on and found that the vehicle had only lost 2% worth of battery, the equivalent of 8

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  • Naidex 2021 Event Update

    With the Coronavirus restrictions easing everyone will be keen to get back to face-to-face events and this year’s Naidex, held on 15th and 16th September will be one of the first events from the independent mobility sector to be held in the way once again. Naidex will bring together the independent living community and everything it has to offer. This year’s event will feature a host of engaging keynote speakers, live product demonstrations and much more. DMUK will be on hand along with other experts from the independent mobility sector to provide advice and guidance.  

    The past 18 months has been a

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  • Highways England Summer Tyre Checks Campaign

    Highways England has launched a campaign to make sure motorists check their tyre pressures before embarking on a long journey this summer. One in five motorway breakdowns are caused by tyre issues and you are more likely to be involved in a breakdown if your tyres are incorrectly inflated.  Furthermore, half of the accidents which occurred on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in 2019, in which vehicle defects were a contributory factor, were caused by under-inflated, defective or illegal tyres. According to a survey conducted by the road safety organisation, TyreSafe one in five adults admitted to never having

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  • We Need Your help to make EVs more Accessible

    DMUK is becoming increasingly involved in various projects to make electric vehicles (EVs) a more viable option for disabled motorists ahead of the EV switchover. If you would be willing to be consulted on any of these projects in the future, please contact the office either by emailing info@disabledmotoring.org or calling 01508 489449.