25 June 2022

  • TfL ULEZ Expansion Consultation

    Transport for London (TfL) is running a public consultation until Friday July 29th to gauge public opinion on the proposal to expand the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to cover most of Greater London.  

    Drivers of vehicles registered in the disabled taxation class will now be exempt from the ULEZ until October 2027 according to the consultation document. However, Blue Badge holders driving vehicles not in this tax class will have to pay the ULEZ charges. DMUK will be submitting a response as the organisation representing disabled motorists. If you would like to submit your own response you can do so by visiting https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/cleanair. 

  • Access to EV

    The government is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel car in 2030. Have you thought how this will affect you? The ban will affect everybody including disabled motorists. The ban is less than eight years away so if you haven’t thought about it already now is the time to do so.

    More and more electric vehicles are coming to market all the time and battery technology has come a long way since the first EVs hit the roads. You might have ruled out an EV in the past, but there might be something that now suits your needs. It’s worth doing some research as it will be something you will have to think about in the near future.

    Over the past few years you will have

  • Drivers Warned Against Consistently Running on Low Fuel

    Many drivers are searching for a way to lower their fuel costs after petrol and diesel prices hit record highs. Some motorists have taken to only filling up their tanks halfway to save on weight and therefore improve fuel economy. However, according to the online based second-hand car seller, carsite.co.uk this only reduces the weight of the car by 2.5% and while this practice would save some money, consistently driving a car when it is low on fuel can damage the engine leading to costly repair bills. Drivers are being advised to always calculate how much fuel they will need and make sure they have extra in the tank in case their plans change. Keep in mind that fuel is more expensive at

  • Elizabeth Line Now Open

    The new Elizabeth Line provides fully accessible step free access to more of London.  The line covers more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the West through to Shenfield and Abby Wood in the East. There will be 41 stops along the line, and it is expected to serve 2 million people every year. Each station along the line is fully staffed so you will be able to get assistance throughout every stage of your journey.  The new trains used on the line have four dedicated wheelchair accessible spaces.

    Accessible toilets opened via NKS key are available at Abbey Wood, Custom House, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, and Whitechapel in the central section, as well as all

  • Derby├é┬áDrivAbility to host Open Day
    Derby DrivAbility to host Open Day showcasing adaptations and equipment for disabled drivers and passengers

    Derby DrivAbility, part of the Driving Mobility network, will be hosting a free mobility event for healthcare professionals, Approved Driving Instructors and the general public on 14th June 2022.  

    They will be offering the opportunity for visitors to explore specialist equipment for driving, wheelchair loading and passenger safety.

    Tuesday 14th June, 11am-5pm. Kingsway, Derby. Best sat nav codes to use are Anmer Drive DE22 3XU or Kingsway Boulevard DE22 3WU. Free entry and parking. Tel:

  • The NEC welcomes celebrity guest speakers to The Big Event
    Graeme Hall and Richard Whitehead to headline the Motability Scheme’s flagship event

    Disabled people and their friends and family can look forward to two special guest speakers at The Motability Scheme’s flagship event taking place in Birmingham this month. Graeme Hall, Channel 5’s Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly presenter, and gold medal-winning Paralympian Richard Whitehead will be taking to The Big Event stage to share their stories and answer visitor questions.

    The Big Event is free to attend and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on Friday 20 May and Saturday 21 May from 9am to 4pm. Across the two days, visitors will hear from experts

  • Brotherwood Provides New Mercedes-Benz WAV to Happy Customer

    Brotherwood were delighted to deliver a brand new Mercedes-Benz ‘Klastar’ Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle as part of a very special delivery to Aurelia in Gloucestershire.

    Aurelia had a special request for the handover of her shiny new Cavansite Blue V-Class – the addition of a pink bow which the Brotherwood Team were happy to provide.

    The luxurious WAV features a long, flat lowered floor which enables Aurelia to travel centrally between two seats in the second row – with easy access via the electric powered rear ramp. Seated under the wide panoramic roof Aurelia can enjoy a perfect view of every journey.

    After waiting patiently for her new WAV

  • FOI request reveals disappointing insights into attitudes towards Blue Badge parking

    In February 2022 Disabled Motoring UK submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all local authorities responsible for issuing the Blue Badge in the UK. The responses provided some interesting results.

    A total of 207 authorities were contacted in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. FOI requests have a set time scale of 20 working days for the organisation to respond, however many stated that this may take longer due to Covid restrictions. In total we gave local authorities 8 weeks to respond and in this time scale we received back 180 responses. Therefore, this data is based on the 180 responses DMUK received.

    The results showed that there are currently

  • Team BRIT Make History

    As part of Team BRIT, racing drivers Aaron Morgan and Bobby Trundley made history in April by making Team BRIT the first all-disabled racing team to compete in the British GT Championship. After successfully qualifying the duo took part in two one hour races competing against highly experienced teams, many of which had professional drivers. It was an extremely tough battle and the pair finished 8th overall in the GT4 class. The were also in the Pro-Am category and took home P2 trophies in this section which will be treasured by the team. Aaron Morgan commented: “What an amazing weekend, with lots of lessons learned – including all about GT3 traffic management! I was really

  • MOT Tests Could Be Scrapped

    In an effort to tackle the cost-of-living crisis the government has proposed putting an end to MOT tests and replacing them with a vehicle check every two years. This could save drivers more than £55 per year. Following the announcement there have been calls from the labour party and road safety organisations not to go ahead with the plans because of the possibility for there to be more unsafe cars on the road. RAC’s Head of Road Policy Nicholas Lyes said: “The purpose of an MOT is to ensure vehicles meet a basic level of safety for driving on our roads. Shifting it from annually to every two years would see a dramatic increase in the number of unroadworthy vehicles