• Rail Station Access Improvements in West of England

    The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which consists of Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study with the aim of improving the accessibility of 27 railway stations. The railway stations set for improvement include Lawrence Hill station in Bristol, Bath Spa, Avonmouth, Keynsham, Weston-Super-Mare and more. WECA is aiming to make the platforms at these stations step-free and this feasibility study will assess the scope and overall cost of making the stations more accessible.

  • Drug Driving on the Rise

    The number of drug driving charges in England and Wales has reached a record high over the past year. A total of 27 police forces from across England and Wales responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the car service price comparison site, bookmygarage.com and the statistics indicated that the number of drug driving charges increased from 4,122 in 2015/16 to 9,270 in 2019/20. Drug driving became its own specific offence in 2015 which meant that the police could charge someone for drug driving if they had at least one of 16 specified drugs in their system. Half of the 16 drugs listed are medicinal drugs and therefore motorists are just as likely to be prosecuted

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  • Pavement Parking Consultation

    The government has launched another public consultation to explore the possibility of introducing stricter laws against pavement parking. Pavement parking is particularly problematic for wheelchair and scooter users, visually impaired people, and other vulnerable road users because it forces them into the road and potentially into the path of oncoming traffic. Therefore, the Department for Transport (DfT) has identified three possible ways to tackle the issue and they would like to hear your views on which of these three options should be implemented.

    The first option is to rely on improvements being made to the process of implementing Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). TROs make

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  • Safe use of Public Toilets During the Pandemic

    As more of us are starting to venture out to various public spaces such as pubs restaurants and shopping centres, It is almost inevitable that we are going to be using public toilets, but how does one stay safe when you are using these facilities during the Coronavirus pandemic? Arelle, the continence care specialists explain.

    When you consider the amount of people who use public toilets throughout the day and the various regular contact points such as door handles, toilet seats, flushers, tap heads and soap dispensers it is understandable that you may be concerned about the safety of public toilets. Wearing a mask (unless you are exempt) is very important, wearing disposable

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  • 60mph Motorway Speed Limit Trials

    In September Highways England reduced the speed limit on four sections of motorway to see how it affects pollution levels near junctions or on routes to towns and cities. Trials of the 60mph speed limit will be in place for at least another 11 months on the M6 between Junctions six and seven (near Birmingham), the M1 between junctions 33 and 34 (at Rotherham), the M602 between junctions one and three (near Eccles, Greater Manchester) and the M5 between junctions one and two (at Oldbury, West Midlands). If the air quality in these areas improves there is the potential for the time period of 11 months to be extended. Highways England does expect to see a reduction in NO₂ levels in these

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  • 'Don’t be a Space Invader’ Campaign Continues

    Highways England’s campaign against tailgating entitled ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’ is now entering its third phase. This phase will be running until 30th October 2020 and the aim is to make tailgating as socially unacceptable as drink driving or using a mobile phone while driving. Tailgating is a serious problem on the nation’s motorways and major A-roads as it has a negative impact on both driver safety and the quality of the motoring experience. Tailgating is a contributing factor in 1 in 8 fatal incidents that occur on the strategic road network (SRN) and 134 people were killed or seriously injured because of tailgating in 2018 alone.

    When holding

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  • Over 50% of Drivers Break 30mph Limit

    According to recent statistics supplied by the Department for Transport (DfT) 54% of drivers broke the speed limit on roads with 30mph limits last year. The data indicates that drivers are most likely to break the speed limit in residential areas and on roads which are commonly used by pedestrians and cyclists. Of the drivers who broke the speed limit on 30mph roads last year a fifth travelled at speeds in excess of 35mph and 6% travelled at speeds of 40mph or more. The DfT’s statistics show that the average speed across all 30mph zones last year was 31mph. In addition, 50% of motorists exceeded 70mph on motorways, while only 9% of drivers broke the speed limit while travelling on

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  • Naidex Event Update

    The organisers of this year’s Naidex event have made the decision to postpone the event once again until 9th and 10th March 2021 in response to the continued impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The organisers will keep supporting disabled people and the independent living community through various digital initiatives which will be on offer prior to the event. The organisers are welcoming input from their visitors and customers on these initiatives and they are proud to be supporting the independent living industry during this challenging time. Visit www.naidex.co.uk for more information. The organisers look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible to the event next year

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  • Driving Licence Extension Continues

    Earlier in the year the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) extended the validity of any photocard driving licenses which expired between 1st February and 31st August 2020 by seven months from their expiry date in response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The DVLA has now stated that  the catchment period will be extended to 31st December 2020, thereby increasing the extension period from seven months to 11 months. DVLA Chief Executive, Julie Lennard commented: “Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the

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  • Motability One Big Day Online Event

    On Thursday 10th September, between the hours of 9am and 4pm, a Motability One Big Day event will take place online via Facebook. The event will give disabled people, their families and carers access to specialist advice and information relating to the scheme. Different topics will be covered throughout the day and there will be question and answer sessions with various experts on topics such as vehicle adaptations, wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and more. You will also be able to tour virtual showrooms too so that you will be able to make an informed decision on your next Motability Scheme lease, despite not being able to attend a One Big Day Event in person due to the impact of

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