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  • On 7th December 2018 the National Audit Office (NAO) released its report following its examination of the Motability Scheme. The NAO opened its report by praising Motability on the service it provides to the 614,000 people on the scheme. However it was noted that the scheme is supported by government and operates under very little risk which makes its high performance easier. It should also be said that only 36% of those who are eligible for the scheme are taking advantage of it and the NAO believes that Motability is investing very little time in trying to determine the reasons behind this.

    As part of its financial examination the NAO found that Motability Operations has

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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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  • Earlier this year DMUK registered with Amazon’s charitable donation service, AmazonSmile. This means that when you sign into your amazon account via smile.amazon.co.uk/ and select Disabled Motoring UK as your chosen charity, Amazon will donate a percentage of the net value of your order to the charity. When you shop online using AmazonSmile you will find that all the prices are the same and you will receive the same level of service, so nothing will change for you as a customer.

    Please note that you must type Disabled Motoring UK into the search bar and press select after clicking on the link to make sure

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  • According to figures supplied by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), motorists in Northern Ireland have been fined a total of £1.4 million over the past three years for misusing disabled parking bays with more than 16,000 fines having been issued to motorists during this time. The DfIs figures indicate that more fines have already been issued this year than in the whole of 2016. So far in 2018, Wellington Place in Belfast is the area where the most PCNs have been issued for the offence. The exact total for this area is 213 and the next two areas on the list are James Street in Cookstown and High Street, Omar where 138 and 130 PCNs have

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  • The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill which is designed to ensure that all private parking operators govern their car parks in the same way has now been approved by MPs in the House of Commons and it received its first reading in the House of Lords on 26th November 2018. One of the main components of the Bill is the introduction of a new single, independent parking appeals service for drivers to use if they believe they have been issued a ticket unfairly. Another important section of the Bill stipulates that all parking facilities must give drivers a 10 minute grace period and that the maximum fine for overstaying must be limited to £100. The Bill is expected to reach the stage

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  • The independent watchdog, Transport Focus has recently released a report following its research of disabled road users’ experiences of using England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads. DMUK was heavily involved in this research and the agency’s report includes a number of recommended changes which will improve the Strategic Road Network (SRN) for disabled motorists.

    The recommendations which the agency gave to Highways England following interviews with disabled motorists as well as meetings with organisations such as DMUK included; improving information services and signage,

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  • One of DMUK’s important campaigns is encouraging Local Authorities to make sure that the Blue Badge Scheme is properly administered and enforced. The Blue Badge Statistics for 2017/18 released on 29 November 2018 reveal, yet again, that the majority of local authorities in England are not taking abuse of the scheme seriously.

    There are now 2.35 million Blue Badges held in England. This figure has decreased each year since the reforms of the Blue Badge application process in 2011/12. DMUK took part in these reforms and is pleased that the decrease in the number of badges being issued suggests that they are now only being granted to the people that meet the criteria.

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  • According to a study conducted by the motoring magazine, Auto Express the DVLA is set to receive £16.2 million this year by selling vehicle keeper records to private parking companies for £2.50 each. This has increased from 14.2 million in 2017 and it proves that the likelihood of receiving a parking fine is increasing. The Parking enforcement firm, ParkingEye, for example, has given the DVLA £13 million already this year in exchange for more than 500,000 vehicle keeper records. The study suggests that the rise in the number of establishments using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR) to spot unruly motorists is a major contributor to the rise in the

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  • Police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be launching a crackdown to tackle the problems caused by uninsured drivers. The initiative is called ‘Operation Drive Insured’ and police forces will be using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to spot the number plates of uninsured drivers by cross referencing them with DVLA records. Those who are guilty of driving without insurance will have their vehicle seized and receive a £300 fine as well as facing court prosecution.

    Last year alone, the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) received 11,000 claims from law abiding motorists who had been involved in a

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  • The independent research organisation, Transport Focus, has recently released the latest version of the Strategic Roads User Survey (SRUS). The survey involves collecting the views of 8000 motorists from around the UK by conducting a series of interviews. The SRUS forms part of the Transport Focus Data Hub. Other areas of research in the hub include, bus passenger surveys, rail passenger surveys, tram passenger surveys and motorway service user surveys. All of these documents can be viewed at www.transportfocus.org.uk/data-hub.  

    The data from the SRUS showed that 82% of the nation’s motorists are

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