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  • New road signs which have the capability to sense when someone is using their mobile phone while driving and display a mobile phone accordingly are being tested in Norwich. The signs can detect when digital signals are being transmitted by a handset inside the vehicle if the phone is being used to send a text, make a call or browse the internet. At the moment these signs are only being tested in Norwich, but the company is in communication with a number of other cities around the world, so if they prove successful these signs could become a common feature on the roads. The downside to this technology is that it is not currently able to detect whether it is the driver of the car or a

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  • You might think of a mobility scooter as a useful way of getting from A to B, running errands and visiting friends or family with your independence intact. But for those looking to travel with their scooter, whether you’re holidaying here in the UK or adventuring abroad, the options are a little bit limited.

    A compact travel scooter might seem the most sensible option, but this means assembling and disassembling the scooter every time you go out, with plenty of bending and lifting involved to get the pieces in the car. And while pavement and road scooters offer a little more heft and a lot more range, they aren’t suitable for taking with you in the boot of the

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  • According to the Civil Aviation Authority’s annual Airport Accessibility Report the standards of accessibility and assistance have improved at a number of airports since the previous report was published in 2017. The CAA classified 16 airports as ‘very good’ in this year’s report and Liverpool and Edinburgh were among the airports to receive this rating for the quality of their assistance services. The CAA has praised Liverpool airport for providing “an efficient and timely service” and according to the report 88% of the passengers that requested assistance at this airport in 2017 rated their experience as either ‘excellent’ or

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  • At Enable you can discover a wide range of accessible city breaks to suit every taste whether you are looking for a touch of culture, vibrant nightlife, romantic restaurants or great shopping opportunities. You can then select from an excellent choice of audited accessible hotels whether you’re after a small and friendly independent or a large well-known chain. And as with all Enable holidays, you can expect a guaranteed adapted room and all the help you need for planning to see the sights and soak up the atmosphere.

    Don’t forget that DMUK members can save £50 on any new overseas Enable holiday booking. As well as city breaks, they also provide accessible

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  • On 20th June it was announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be changing the rules around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment process so that severely disabled claimants and those with progressive conditions will receive PIP for 10 years before they are reassessed for their entitlement. A spokesperson for the DWP has added to this by saying that when the re-assessments do come for these claimants they will be in the form of “light touch” reviews. It is not possible to say how many claimants will be affected by the changes at this stage because the plans are yet to be finalised. However, the DWP has stated that the changes will apply

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  • According to a recent survey of 2,000 drivers commissioned by Co-op Insurance one in five drivers admit to accepting penalty points for another driver. Out of these people 49% said that they had done this for their partner. The survey revealed that 28% of men have accepted points for somebody else as opposed to just 10% of women. The most common reasons for someone to do this included; helping another motorist avoid a driving ban, knowing that it would not change their insurance premium as much as it would for the person who had committed the offence, and getting paid for it, with the average financial gain being £220. People who accept points on their driving licence for an

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  • DMUK has recently 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 you nominate Disabled Motoring UK as your chosen charity, otherwise we

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  • A new Transport Bill implemented by the Scottish Government will soon mean that any driver who parks their car on a pavement will be liable to receive a fine from the relevant local authority. This new Bill, which was announced by Scotland’s Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, on 11th June, also includes planes for Low Emmission Zones (LEZ) similar to the ones which are set to be implemented in central London from 2019. The Transport Bill is part of a greater effort by the Scottish government to improve air pollution standards across the country. Local authorities could also be granted the opportunity to work in partnership with bus operators or even run bus services

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  • From July vehicle manufacturers who supply vehicles in the UK that have been designed to cheat the emissions tests could be fined as much as £50,000 for each vehicle that is fitted with the so called ‘defeat device’. After the Volkswagen emissions scandal the Department for Transport (DfT) tested a number of vehicles from other manufacturers to see if they had the device fitted and despite not finding the device in any other vehicles, the department has received a good amount of public support with regards to the upcoming crackdown and the new Road Vehicles (Defeat Device, Fuel Consumption and Type Approval) Regulations. The Transport Minister Jessie Norman,

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  • Following a recent report submitted by the Work and Pensions Select Committee which outlined a number of improvements which need to be made in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process, Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has issued a statement in response. In this response the minister focused on outlining the department’s plans for the continued development of the service, starting with DWP’s intention to begin piloting the procedure of videotaping each face-to-face assessment with a view to rolling out the practice across Great Britain in the near future. Sarah Newton also announced that the contracts for both Independent

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