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  • According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) the UK’s new car sales dropped by 16% in March. The figures showed that 474,000 new vehicles were registered in the UK last month compared to 562,000 in March 2017 and the sale of diesel vehicles dropped by 37%. For the first quarter of the year new car sales as a whole were down by 12% compared to 2017, despite the sale of petrol cars rising by 0.5% and the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles rising by 6%. Taking all of these figures into consideration, new diesel vehicles now account for just 33.5% of the new cars on the market which is a decline of 10% compared to last year. Petrol cars

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  • More than one million fines are issued to drivers in the UK every year for driving in bus lanes at times when it is not permitted. According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued to the UK’s local authorities, the combined cost of these fines, which can cost motorists as much as £60 each, is at least £68 million per year. Between 2015 and 2017 a total of 3.4 million Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued to motorists for the illegal use of bus lanes. The research also revealed the statistics for each of the local authorities that responded to the FOI request. 994,000 fines were issued to drivers in London and this is where the largest number of

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  • The government is looking at ways of improving air travel for disabled passengers after the issue of customer dissatisfaction was brought to their attention by Frank Gardner of the BBC whose wheelchair was misplaced by the ground staff at Heathrow Airport. The new measures could include a limit on the amount of time that a disabled passenger is made to wait for assistance when they are boarding and disembarking the plane, and a limit on the amount of time that passengers are made to wait for their wheelchairs once the plane has landed. Other ideas that are being discussed by the government and industry bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority are the removal of seats so that

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  • DMUK will be attending all of the Motability One Big Days this year so when the event comes to your area be sure to visit our stand. The dates for this year's One Big Days are as follows:

    Motability Big Event Northern Ireland: 1st-2nd June at the Eikon Exhibition Centre Motability Big Event Birmingham: 6th-7th July at the NEC Motability One Big Day Exeter: 28th July Motability One Big Day Harrogate: 11th August Motability One Big Day Peterborough: 8th September
  • Four of Britain’s largest  car insurance companies collectively made £806 million last year by selling insurance add-ons to their customers. Certain firms are offering legal or breakdown cover as an extra when these components could be found at much cheaper rates if the customer was willing to shop around. For Admiral, one of Britain’s largest insurance firms, ‘add-ons’ bring in £64 per vehicle. Direct Line made £179 million from insurance add-ons last year, Hastings made 299 million, a rise of 20% from 2016, and Esure made £125 million through additional services in 2017. The Association of British Insurers stated that insurance

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  • The headlights on many modern cars are so bright that they are blinding drivers for up to five seconds according to research conducted by the RAC Foundation. Two-thirds of the drivers surveyed said that they are regularly affected by the brightness of car headlights despite them being dipped, and if a driver is unable to see clearly for five seconds when they are travelling at 60mph they would have covered 150 yards without full control. Out of the 2,061 motorists that took part in the RAC’s survey, 15% admitted that they had nearly crashed as a result of being dazzled by overly bright headlights. RAC Road Safety Spokesman, Pete Williams, commented: “The intensity and

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  • According to statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) vehicle traffic in the UK’s urban areas will be travelling at a slower speed than the average bicycle in less than 10 years time. It was recently revealed that the average speed of vehicles travelling in our towns and cities dropped from 19.3mph in 2014 to 18.4mph in 2017. If this trend continues, the UK’s cyclists will be travelling faster than the majority of drivers by 2027. With this in mind, campaigners within the industry have suggested that further investment is needed to make Britain’s A-roads fit for purpose by reducing congestion and improving the flow of traffic.

    It is not just the

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  • The DMUK office will be closed on Tuesday 3rd April 2018 until 12:30pm because we have received notification of a planned power cut. If you need to phone the office on this day please do so in the afternoon.

  • Annual General Meeting 2018

    The Thirteenth Annual General Meeting of Disabled Motoring UK will be held on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 11am at Brooklands Museum Trust, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN.

    Participation at the AGM is open to all members of the charity. Only full members may vote, either in person or by proxy. If you plan to come to the AGM, please register your attendance in advance with Head Office so that we can provide you with a voting card. You may also obtain a voting card on the day by producing your valid membership card. Alternatively you can vote online, in the Members Area.

    A full copy of the Trustees' Report and Financial Statements is

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  • The next Disabled Access Day will take place on 16th March 2019. Disabled Access Day is organised by the accessibility reviewing website, Euan’s Guide, and it now takes place every two years. The primary function of the event is to promote the need for good quality disabled access by giving participating businesses and attractions the opportunity to showcase their accessibility and encourage disabled people to visit. Thousands of disabled people and their families and friends have taken part in previous Disabled Access Days by visiting a variety of different accessible locations around the UK.  The range of businesses and attractions that

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