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  • The accessible holidays provider, Enable Holidays, has recently launched its holidays brochure for 2018. The latest collection includes more than 500 accessible holiday packages in a plethora of different destinations across the globe. As ever there are a large number of Mediterranean beach resorts to choose from, but there is also a variety of exotic tours on offer to Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, India and Vietnam. Enable Holidays is well aware that many people enjoy taking group holidays and this is why the company is now offering accessible group holidays to Malta, Jersey and Madeira. For those of you looking for a more secluded holiday there are accessible villas

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  • Following the Prime Minister’s announcement during Prime Minister’s Questions on 7th February, the Department for Transport (DfT) is going to review the idea of putting a graduated licensing system in place to restrict the activity of inexperienced drivers.  The proposal is being reviewed in response to reports which indicate that the amount of accidents involving young drivers is disproportionately high. Government statistics show that drivers aged between 17 and 24 are involved in more than 25% of the accidents which result in either death or serious injury despite the fact that this age group only accounts for 7% of the UK’s licence holders. The DfT’s

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  • While a petition initiated by the Guide Dogs Charity and co-signed by DMUK along with a number of other organisations has not yet led to a UK wide ban on pavement parking, the practise could be banned by Liverpool City Council later this year throughout the city’s worst affected areas. The areas that will be a focus for the council include Riverside, Kensington, Greenbank, St Michaels, West Derby and Old Swan. Councillor Steve Munby, Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Highways, commented: “We have been doing a lot of preparatory work looking at where the problems [are] to make sure we target the right areas and have the maximum impact. Our ambition is to eventually be

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  • The National Audit Office (NAO) will be conducting a review into the Motability Scheme because of the recent media coverage. The Chairs of the DWP along with the Treasury Select Committees have also confirmed that a joint committee inquiry will be undertaken.  The main concern that was raised in the media coverage was Motability’s financial reserves of £2.4bn. The Motability Charity were keen to make it known that those reserves are not held by the charity and that they belong to Motability Operations Group plc (MOG), a separate company which is under contract from the charity to deliver the Motability Scheme to customers. MOG issued a statement saying:

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  • Following its proposal by the Conservative MP, Sir Greg Knight, in July 2016 the Private Parking Code of Practice Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons tomorrow (2nd February 2018). With this Bill Sir Greg Knight is aiming to standardise the rules and regulations which govern all private car parks in the UK. A recent survey, conducted by the RAC Foundation, showed that 93% of British motorists support the Bill which will see a more stringent set of rules placed on the virtually unregulated private parking sector. The survey also revealed that 81% of the British motorists who took part in the survey feel that private parking companies have a poor reputation

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  • The accessible holidays provider, Enable Holidays, has recently launched its holidays brochure for 2018. The latest collection includes more than 500 accessible holiday packages in a plethora of different destinations across the globe. As ever there are a large number of Mediterranean beach resorts to choose from, but there is also a variety of exotic tours on offer to Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, India and Vietnam. Enable Holidays is well aware that many people enjoy taking group holidays and this is why the company is now offering accessible group holidays to Malta, Jersey and Madeira. For those of you looking for a more secluded holiday

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  • Following a High Court ruling which branded the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system as “blatantly discriminatory” to those that experience psychological distress and anxiety, the DWP has promised to review a large number of PIP claims. The court ruled that claimants suffering from physiological distress and anxiety should be eligible to receive points under Mobility Activity 1: planning and following journeys.  The DWP has accepted this ruling and wants to assure the public that work will be done to identify the claimants that should be entitled to further financial support. The Minister of State for Disabled People Health and Work, Sarah Newton, commented:

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  • The government has recently announced that car crash victims will soon be able to report the incident to the police via the internet. This means that car crash victims will no longer have to go to the police station, although this option will still be available. This service will be free for all police forces to use and it will also mean that police officers will have the ability to report crashes using an app. This new service is expected to save the police as well as the victims of car crashes a considerable amount of time and effort. The service was developed with help from the Department for Transport (DfT) and this means that Highways authorities will also be able to access the

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  • Under new regulations which are set to be introduced from 20th May this year, vehicle faults detected during MoTs will be separated into three categories, dangerous, major and minor. Any vehicle with a fault that is deemed to be a dangerous or major fault will automatically fail its MoT while a vehicle that receives a minor fault will pass the test with a record of the defect being noted on the pass certificate. While this could be viewed as a more thorough way to conduct the MoT test experts from the RAC Foundation have warned that the severity of vehicle faults is open to interpretation. For example, a steering box that is leaking oil would be classified as a minor fault however,

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  • We apologise to all those who tried to contact us yesterday, the office was closed due to a power failure. Thankfully the problem has now been fixed and the office is open as usual today.