• ‘Which?’ Investigates Airport Accessibility

    According to a survey conducted by the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RIDC) on behalf of the consumer watchdog, ‘Which?’ 46% of disabled people feel unable to travel by air because of the poor service they have received at airports in the past. In one particular case the Founder of Disability Horizons, Martyn Sibley, stated that he had suffered pulled tendons in his feet on a flight after the assistance staff caught them while lifting him from a wheelchair into his seat. The survey showed that Heathrow is the worst performing airport when it comes to providing ‘special assistance’ to its disabled customers. Just over a quarter of the respondents (28%)

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  • Accessible Fitness with AccessAble Ambassador Sophie Carrigill

    The Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball player and AccessAble Ambassador, Sophie Carrigill wants to encourage people to be more active and reap the physical and mental benefits of exercising. Sophie appreciates that maintaining an active lifestyle can be a challenge particularly for those who have a disability, but she hopes that she can help by sharing her experiences as an athlete. You can view Sophie’s article on staying active by visiting the AccessAble website .

  • More EV Charging Points Set for London

    There are plans for more than 1,000 new alternating current (AC) charging points to be installed across 29 London boroughs this year. The idea is that this investment will encourage motorists to invest in electric vehicles (EVs) and add to the 1,500 AC charging points that have already been installed across the city. Christina Calderato, Head of Transport Strategy and Planning at Transport for London (TfL), said: “Installing 1,000 more residential charging points across the capital means more Londoners can plug their vehicle in while at home, even if they don’t have a driveway. For those that need to charge up in 20-30 minutes, London is one of the leading world cities for

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  • Increase in motorists complaining about ‘Black Box’ Insurance

    The number of motorists who are complaining that the data recorded by their ‘black box’ insurance systems is incorrect is increasing. One motorist said that her telematics system recorded that she had been driving at 106mph for a sustained period in a 30mph zone. This was something that the insurance company later admitted was false. Another motorist had received an email saying their insurance would be cancelled within seven days because their insurance provider had received data saying that their driving had been poor enough to warrant this action. Following an investigation into this motorist’s driving the insurer again admitted that the data recorded by the black

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  • Plans to Improve the Accessibility of York

    York City Council is bidding for £4 million worth of funding to help as many as 20,000 Blue Badge holders to access the city’s pedestrianised zones. The council plans to provide an automated shuttle service to take Blue Badge holders into the city after they have parked their cars on the outskirts. Although the shuttles could potentially be automated, there will be customer care assistants on board to accompany the passengers. The funding required to implement these plans would come from Leeds City Region’s Future Mobility Zone scheme which is awaiting government approval. James Gilchrist, the council's Assistant Director for Transport, said: "Our bid could create the

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  • DfT Release New Blue Badge Statistics

    The latest Blue Badge statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that 12,299 people have been issued Blue Badges because they qualify under the new criteria. Since August 2019 people with ‘non-visible’ disabilities such as dementia and autism, have been eligible for a Blue Badge along with those who experience considerable psychological distress while walking. The extended Blue Badge eligibility criteria has only been in place for three months and the DfT expects that the number of applications will continue to rise in the near future. With this in mind, the department has agreed to provide local authorities with £1.7 million to help them prepare

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  • Team BRIT Receives Engineering and Technology Award

    Team BRIT, the motor racing team consisting entirely of disabled drivers, has recently received the ‘Best New Engineering and Technology Award’ at the 2019 Motorsport Awards held on 15th December. The awards celebrate motorsport expertise in a range of categories including competitors, teams, engineering and media, and over 22,000 votes were cast. The team received the award in recognition of their innovative hand controls which give drivers with a range of disabilities the opportunity to compete in motorsport. Team BRIT’s drivers used the hand controls at a range of motorsport events last year including the Britcar Endurance Championship and the inaugural Gaz Shocks

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  • WhatCar’s Safest Cars of 2019

    The 10 cars which made the shortlist for ‘WhatCar?’s’ safest car of 2019 were decided upon by a panel of experts which consisted of Euro NCAP’s Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen, Thatcham Research’s Matthew Avery and Claire Evans, Consumer Editor of ‘What Car?’.

    The list was compiled in alphabetical order and the first car on the list was the BMW 3 Series. The 3 Series obtained a 97% NCAP safety rating and it scored 100% on the pole crash test. The Mazda CX-30 also performed superbly in the NCAP tests. This car achieved a 99% rating achieving full marks in the full Frontal test, Side impact, Pole crash, and its results in the AEB

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  • Majority of Councils Using Diesel Vehicles

    Through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request the motoring magazine, Auto Express discovered that a total of 61,045 diesel vehicles are used by 320 local councils across the UK and 62 local authority fleets consist entirely of diesel powered vehicles. Bristol City Council for example, plans to introduce a ban on privately owned diesel vehicles in 2021, yet 369 of the council’s 453 vehicles are fuelled by diesel. Diesel vans also make up a large proportion of the fleets used by local authorities in London despite the fact that they are enforcing an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Auto express discovered that 89% of the vehicles used by London Councils are powered by diesel.

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  • Helping Motorists Stay Safe this Winter

    Transport authorities across the UK are doing all they can to ensure motorists stay safe this winter by making a number of improvements to their roads maintenance services. The Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland has readied 300 members of staff along with 130 gritters and 12 snow blowers which will be called into action at varying locations between now and April to help make sure that the roads stay as safe as possible.

    Highways England has been preparing for winter just as thoroughly by focusing on the implementation of a new fleet of technically advanced gritters. These gritters can be programmed to spread salt along problematic routes automatically while taking

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