• Highways England Seeks the Views of Disabled Road Users

    Highways England is looking to conduct interviews with a number of road users with different disabilities. These interviews will form part of a research study which will help the organisation understand the impact that incidents have on disabled motorists when they are using the strategic road network. Highways England would particularly like to speak to:

    ·         A road user with a cognitive disability

    ·         A road user with

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  • Baywatch 2019 - Take Part Now!

    It’s June 2019 and the DMUK Baywatch Campaign is here. This month DMUK is asking as many people as possible to survey their local supermarket car park to investigate levels of disabled parking abuse. Every response received puts DMUK another step forward in stamping out disabled parking abuse at supermarkets for good!

    The Baywatch 2019 Survey is now live! Click here to take part

    PDF Baywatch Survey Form

    The spending power of the disabled people and their families in the UK is £249billion and supermarkets lose £501million every month by not being accessible.* The car park is the first port of call when a customer arrives at a supermarket

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  • Partnership with Q-Park

    Q-Park partner with Disabled Motoring UK to provide members with parking discounts and donations

    Q-Park have partnered with Disabled Motoring UK to offer a wealth of benefits to both the organisation itself and the disabled drivers that they represent. As part of this partnership DMUK members will receive 15% off parking with Q-Park who will then donate a portion of the revenue from each booking back to DMUK.

    Disabled Motoring UK is a campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge Holders. They lobby government & businesses across the UK in order to improve parking, refuelling and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the

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  • Campaigning Success! Review of Blue Badge Fraud and Misuse

    The Department for Transport has announced that they will set up a task group with key organisations to gather ideas and evidence on how to improve the consistency of council Blue Badge enforcement to tackle fraud and misuse.

    Disabled Motoring UK has been continuously campaigning for the government to do more when it comes to making sure that the Blue Badge scheme is enforced properly. In the past we’ve been extremely disappointed that the government has not taken this issue seriously.

    DMUK advised the DfT to consider proper enforcement of the scheme before it looked to extend the scheme in 2018. The charity predicts that when the eligibility changes come into effect

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  • Master’s Degree in Disability Design and Innovation Announced

    The Disability, Design and Innovation course is a new master’s qualification that has been designed by the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) to boost the assistive technology and products market by increasing the number of experts in the field. The course will be delivered by University College London (UCL) starting from September 2019 and it will be available in three locations including Loughborough University London. The assistive technology and products market is expanding all the time now and there is a growing need for specialist knowledge. The students who partake in this course will study how to create start-up companies, work with

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  • New Parking Data Standards

    The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) has recently launched a set of parking data standards with the aim of ensuring that all local authorities and car park operators collect and store car parking data in the same way. The introduction of these standards could mean that car park payment machines are no longer needed because motorists will be able to pay for parking through an app regardless of which car park they wish to use. The implementation of these data standards would also allow motorists to have access to real –time information relating to the price, quality, safety, and availability of spaces. With these benefits in mind, the

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  • Partnership with Team BRIT

    Team BRIT and Disabled Motoring UK form partnership to empower disabled drivers

    Team BRIT, motorsport’s most inspirational team, has announced a partnership with Disabled Motoring UK, a campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and blue badge holders.

    The team, which consists of disabled drivers, is aiming to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, and has recently launched the Team BRIT Racing Academy, offering disabled drivers the chance to try out motorsport at introductory track days.

    The two organisations will now work closely together, joining forces on campaigns and awareness raising to create even more driving

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  • Blue Badge eligibility criteria changes come into effect in August

    It has been confirmed that changes to the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme will come into effect on 30th August 2019.

    Following a consultation in 2018 the government announced that it will be extending the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include people with ‘hidden disabilities’ such as dementia, autism and a number of mental health conditions. The new legislation has now been confirmed and after the 30th August 2019 people with ‘hidden’ disabilities will find it easier to obtain a Blue Badge.

    From this date the assessed criteria will now be that a person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and

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  • Better Enforcement of Smart Motorway Lane Closures

    In the summer Highways England will be introducing new traffic cameras onto the nation’s smart motorways. These new cameras will be able to spot drivers who illegally use lanes that are marked with a red ’X’ symbol. Using smart motorway lanes when they have been closed in this way is punishable by a £100 fine and three points on the individual’s driving licence. However, at the moment offending drivers will only receive this punishment if they are caught driving down a closed lane by a police officer. The introduction of these cameras will mean that all of the drivers who flout this law will automatically receive the fine

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  • New 2019 Enable Holidays Brochure

    The award winning accessible holidays provider and DMUK corporate member, Enable Holidays  has recently released a new 2019 holidays brochure. This particular brochure is focused on accessible holidays for those who do not wish to fly. The types of holidays on offer include city breaks, cultural experiences, beach holidays and more. All of the holiday destinations on offer can either be reached by car, ferry crossing, Eurostar, Euro Tunnel or local connecting railways and the places you can visit include the UK, France, Holland, Germany and Spain. Enable Holidays can also arrange self-drive road trips across continental Europe for anyone who wants

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