• 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • Continued Success for Enable Holidays

    Enable Holidays, the specialist operator for disabled holidaymakers, has received the accolade of ‘Best Accessible Travel Provider' at the Silver Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 26th June at BAFTA 195, Piccadilly, London and it was hosted by the famed journalist and television presenter, Esther Rantzen. When she presented the award to Enable Holidays, Esther Rantzen said: “They’re all fantastic winners tonight, but this one in particular makes such a difference. Not just for the person with the disability but for the whole family. You change their lives” The Managing Director of Enable

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  • 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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  • 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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