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  • Purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) second-hand will save you thousands, however many disabled drivers aren’t aware that there is a large market for used wheelchair access vehicles available. Most drivers don’t know where to look as many car dealerships don’t sell such vehicles.

    Large range of high quality mobility vehicles

    The good news is that the Vic Young car dealership in South Shields is a specialist in wheelchair accessible vehicles for the North East of England. As such, they hold a large range of high quality used mobility vehicles to choose from.

    You can view all the used wheelchair accessible vehicles they have available

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  • Many of the UK’s major retailers are backing the idea of an accessible shopping day which has been termed ‘Purple Tuesday’. This day, which will see retailers introduce new measures to make their shops more accessible to disabled customers, is set to take place on 13th November 2018. It is being spearheaded by Purple, the group that is formally known as the Essex Coalition for Disabled People. So far the initiative has received support from a number of retail outlets including Asda, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The British Retail Consortium, The Crown Estate and Hammerson. Every company which signs up to be a part of ‘Purple Tuesday’

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  • New data issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed that many British drivers are not deterred from speeding, particularly when driving in areas with lower speed limits.

    The data comprised of 446.6 million journeys that were undertaken at 74 monitored sites across the UK last year. In total 46% of the motorists that took these journeys were speeding when they did so and this figure rose to 52% in 30 mph zones and 86% in 20mph zones.  

    As one would expect the highest speeds clocked by the monitors were reached by those driving on motorways. Out of the

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  • Drivers are being warned that they could receive a fine of £100 and three penalty points on their driving licence if they stray into cycle boxes at junctions.  Cycle boxes, officially known as Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs), are designed to allow cyclists to move to the front of a queue of traffic making it safer for them to negotiate junctions. If the traffic lights change to red before a driver can stop prior to the first white line then they must stop before the second white line even if their car is covering the marked area.

    The Transport Minister, Chris Grayling has also promised to review the Highway Code to try to improve the safety of both cyclists and

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  • According to a BBC investigation the amount of hit-and-run crashes on Britain’s roads increased by 45% between 2013 and 2017. In 2013 there were a total of 19,239 recorded hit-and-run cases and by 2017 this figure had risen to 28,010. This data was obtained through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to 44 police forces across England and Wales and the findings have prompted the road safety charity, Brake to call for harsher sentences to be given to hit-and-run drivers. At present if there is no other evidence of dangerous driving in these cases then the perpetrators are given six month sentences. The charity believes that this is not a large enough penalty,

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  • On 29th October the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, made this year’s Autumn Budget announcement and here are the key points for disabled motorists.  

    As part of the recent Autumn Budget announcement the Chancellor confirmed that local authorities will receive a combined sum of £420 million to help improve the condition of Britain’s roads. This forms part of a larger £30 billion investment in the nations transport infrastructure. According to the Chancellor this is the largest cash investment ever put into the transport network. The larger share of this cash injection is being given to Highways England so that the agency can carry

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  • Directors at Northern Rail have been scrutinised for their policy to only allow the users of certain wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use their ramps to board the trains. The Policy states that people are allowed to use the ramps if their wheelchair or mobility scooter can be folded. However, this is not an option for a number of wheelchair and scooter users and in defence of the policy Northern Rail has said that the ramps used on many of the trains are too steep to accommodate all mobility scooters. Anthony Jennings, a mobility scooter user responded to this by saying: “I can’t understand the current policy. My mobility scooter is able to do far steeper gradients

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  • On 15th October the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued new guidance to airlines advising them on how to provide special assistance to passengers with hidden disabilities. This new guidance was formulated by the CAA with help from a number of disability groups and it states that passengers with hidden disabilities should be treated with the optimum level of care by all airlines. More specifically the CAA advises that airlines should:

    Have workable procedures in place so that those who require special assistance are able to ask for it at the point of booking. Share information about a passenger’s assistance needs within their own organisation as well as with the airport...
  • We had a fantastic night at the 2018 Disabled Motoring UK Awards on 18th October and we would like to say a huge congratulations to all of our winners.

    Disabled Motoring UK Awards 2018 Winners List

    THE O.A.DENLY MEMORIAL AWARD – SPONSORED BY BRIG-AYD CONTROLS

    NATHALIE McGLOIN

    YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD – SPONSORED BY MOBILITY VEHICLE HIRE

    BOBBY TRUNDLEY

    THE DMUK MAGAZINE WRITERS AWARD – SPONSORED BY ALLIED MOBILITY

    DAVE TELFORD

    SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – SPONSORED BY BBFI

    WARREN McKINLAY

    BEST DRIVING INSTRUCTOR AWARD – SPONSORED BY ALLIED MOBILITY

    HAYDYN JENKINS

    SHOPPING

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  • The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently announced that the government will be reducing the maximum grant amount it gives to those buying vehicles that fall into emissions category 1 by £1,000 to £3,500, while the grants for vehicles in emissions categories 2 and 3 will be scrapped entirely. This means that only vehicles that emit less then 50g/km of CO₂ and can travel at least 70 miles without emitting any CO₂ at all will be eligible for a plug in grant. These changes are set to come into effect on 12th November 2018 and the announcement has sparked criticism from a number of motoring organisations including the AA and the RAC. Head of Roads Policy at the AA,

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