• Department for Education raising Awareness of DSAs

    According to a report released by the Department for Education which included a survey of 1,173 disabled Higher Education students, 60% of those who were eligible for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) were not aware the allowance existed before they started their course. This is a statistic that the Department for Education is keen to change. DSA is available to disabled students around the UK and people can receive up to £30,000 worth of assistance including British Sign Language interpreters, a personal mentor, transport, and assistive computer technology. According to the report only 11% of the students currently receiving DSA were told about the benefit by their school or

  • MPs Call for Stricter Laws on Mobile Phone Use

    MPs from the Transport Select Committee have asked the government to consider changing the laws around mobile phone use while driving. Currently a driver is only breaking the law if he or she is using a hand-held phone while driving and this phone is being used as a communication device in some way. However, following their report on the issue, the Transport Select Committee believes that the government should ban all mobile phone use while driving regardless of whether or not the phone is being used to send or receive data or whether or not it is hands-free. In the report Dr Shaun Helman, the Chief Scientist for the Transportation Division at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)

  • Benefits System will Change in Scotland

    Disabled people living in Scotland will have more choice over how they apply for disability benefits when the Scottish government takes responsibility for running the application process in 2020. The Scottish government has promised that when they take control of their disability benefits system away from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) next year, applicants will be able to apply online for the first time. Scotland’s Social Security Secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville commented: “The online application option together with our commitment to an improved assessment service puts people’s wellbeing first and will greatly improve the experience of people in

  • Speculation Over Low Driving Test Pass Rate

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has responded to claims that this year’s relatively low practical driving test pass rate of 45.8% has been caused by the introduction of the ‘pull up on the right’ manoeuvre. The DVSA claims that fewer serious and dangerous driving faults are committed by candidates during this manoeuvre than other reversing manoeuvres in the test. According to DVSA statistics the most common reasons why candidates fail their test include not looking properly at junctions and failing to conduct mirror checks prior to a change of direction. Mark Winn, the DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, commented: “DVSA’s priority is to

  • Legal Action Taken Over Universal Credit

    Until recently the calculations for the benefit amounts that each claimant of Universal Credit will receive have not factored in the money that some people would have previously received by means of Severe Disability Premium (SDP) payments and Enhanced Disability Premium (EDP) payments. However, following a recent High Court ruling, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd has agreed that more than 13,000 people are now eligible to receive backdated benefit payments under Universal Credit because of this oversight.

    The case was brought to court by two men who found that they had to apply for Universal Credit because they had moved to a new social housing area where Universal

  • Your Chance to Win a Blue Badge Protector

    Considering that Blue Badge theft increased by 45% last year, it has never been more important to make sure your badge is protected. Getting your hands on a Metropolitan Police approved Blue Badge Protector is a great way to do this. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a Blue Badge Protector Starter Pack worth £58.48 all you need to do is send your name, address, telephone number and email address to: Disabled Motoring UK, 40 Melton Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AY. Alternatively, you can email your information to chloe@nimblemedia.co.uk. The closing date for the competition is Monday 29th July and the winner will be notified on the 8th August.

    Good luck to

  • DfT Reports on the Experiences of Disabled Rail Users

    One year on from the launch of its Inclusive Transport Strategy the Department for Transport (DfT) has released a report on disabled rail user’s experiences. The main concern to come out of this report is that two thirds of the disabled people who were surveyed said that they experienced at least one problem when travelling by rail. The stage of the journey where people most commonly experienced problems was when they were on-board the train, 23% reported problems at this stage. The two stages of the journey where access issues were least common for disabled people were in the station itself and the category labelled ‘other’ problems which accounts for 3% of the issues

  • Motability’s Good Condition Bonus Increases

    Motability scheme customers who return their lease vehicle in good condition will now receive a £600 'Good Condition Bonus' if they have leased the vehicle for three years and a £900 Good Condition Bonus if they have leased the vehicle for five years. If, when the condition of the vehicle is assessed, there are no signs of any serious damage the customer will automatically be sent a cheque for the applicable amount within 28 days of the vehicle being returned. When vehicles are returned to Motability in good condition it helps to keep the costs of the scheme low because vehicles can be sold on more efficiently. Therefore the 'Good Condition Bonus' is Motability’s way

  • 1.2M Drivers Could Save Money On Driving Licence Renewals

    Last year more than 1.2 million drivers renewed their driving licences via the post. These people missed out on the financial saving of doing it online. Renewing a driving licence by sending it to the DVLA by post costs £17 and completing the process online only costs £14. However, it is new motorists who can save the largest amount of money by turning to technology. Applying for a provisional licence costs £43 when the necessary documents are sent to the DVLA via the post, whereas completing the application online only costs £34. DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said: Each year, more and more people are choosing to use our online services and it is always

  • Wise Up to Breaking Down

    Do you know what to do if your car breaks down on the motorway? Search Highways England Motorways to arm yourself with this important safety information.

    DMUK was delighted to be involved in this awareness raising project with Highways England. DMUK Chairman, Alan Norton, features in their video below.

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    For more information visit the Highways England website.