• Legal Firm Tackling Inaccessible Transport

    Fry Law, one of the legal firms specialising in disability discrimination, has pledged to help disabled commuters tackle the problem of inaccessible public transport by providing them with miniature cameras which can be attached to wheelchairs, scooters or clothing and used to film evidence of disability discrimination. The legal firm then plans to pass some of this evidence onto the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which started a new initiative last month to help disabled people take transport providers to court for failing to provide reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act 2010. As well as offering advice and guidance to those facing disability discrimination on

  • Kidz to Adultz North

    DMUK is proud to be travelling to EventCity in Manchester on 14th November to exhibit at this year’s Kidz to Adultz North event, organised by Disabled Living. This year the event will be held between 9:30am and 4:30pm, and it is open to young disabled people up to the age of 25 and their parents and carers. Through this free event, Disabled Living aims to give young disabled people access to the most-up-to-date information and advice on the equipment, products and services that are available to support them with their mobility needs, particularly as they make the transition to adulthood. The event has grown in popularity through the years and to accommodate this the event was

  • The DWP Wants your Views

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is running a consultation “to explore ways to improve the support for people with disabilities and health conditions”. As part of this consultation the DWP will be holding a number of regional workshop events to give disabled people a chance to express their views on the social security system. The first workshop event will be held on 22nd October at the Vassall Centre in Bristol and the second event will be held on 24th October at the Carriageworks in Leeds. Both events will be held from 1:00pm to 3pm and there will also be quitter ‘drop in sessions’ between 2pm and 3pm for those that would rather not be part of a group

  • Rent an Accessible Motorhome

    The accessible vehicle renting firm, Specialist Vehicle Rental, has added the Fiat Liberation four berth accessible motorhome to its fleet. It comes with a remote control wheelchair lift as standard and the layout of this motorhome has been specifically designed with wheelchair users in mind. It has a spacious open plan interior which makes it possible for people to easily manoeuvre their wheelchairs once inside.

    There is an accessible wet room on board and the kitchen area includes a gas hob with two burners, a spacious fridge with three power options and further storage. The vehicles control panel has been placed at a convenient height for wheelchair users giving them the

  • Latest Road Safety Statistics

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has released the latest statistics relating to the number of causalities resulting from incidents taking place on British roads and the lack of progress being made is concerning. The new figures show that there were a total of 1,784 road deaths in 2018 compared to 1,793 in 2017, this represents a 1% reduction. In addition to this the statistics indicate that there has been an increase in the number of roads deaths among older motorists. According to figures the amount of people aged 60 or above who were killed in reported road accidents increased from 559 in 2017 to 588 in 2018, this equates to a rise of 5%. The number of motorcyclist fatalities also

  • EHRC Make Stand Against Inaccessible Public Transport

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland has pledged to support disabled and older people who are challenging transport providers for not providing accessible services. The commission has said that it will help people with these types of discrimination cases by offering advice and assistance and providing funding for legal support so that these transport providers can be taken to court. EHRC Scotland has stated that it will consider assisting people with a wide range of disabilities including mental health conditions.  Professor Lesley Sawers, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, commented: “Transport operators must ensure

  • Baywatch Appeal

    Last month we revealed the results of Baywatch Campaign, which highlighted there is still an alarming amount of disabled parking abuse taking place in supermarkets across the UK. We have been speaking to the public and DMUK members at events throughout the summer and disabled parking abuse is still the most common issue that you want to talk about. The Blue Badge scheme changed on the 30th August 2019 to be more inclusive of people with hidden disabilities which we predict will see a rise in the number of Blue Badge holders.

    It’s because of all these reasons that we feel more needs to be done to tackle this problem. However, Disabled Motoring UK has suffered for several

  • Tendring Council go the extra mile for disabled motorists.

    Twelve public pay and display car parks operated by Tendring Council have received Disabled Parking Accreditations (DPA). Tendring Council has shown a real commitment to improving parking for their disabled constituents and visitors in adopting the DPA.

    The DPA is a not-for-profit accreditation which focuses on improving the personal mobility of disabled motorists by recognising off-street parking facilities are accessible to disabled people. Additionally, the accreditation identifies those car park operators who actively set out to manage and reduce the abuse and misuse of parking spaces provided for disabled motorists. Local authorities that achieve the DPA will not only

  • DfT Provides More Funding for Changing Places Toilets

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has been working in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) to provide funding for a further 22 motorway service stations across the country to have Changing Places toilets fitted. There are a quarter of a million people in the UK who require access to Changing Places facilities because they need the extra space and specialist equipment provided. Thanks to this funding, more than a third of the country’s motorway service stations are set to be fitted with Changing Places toilets. These facilities help to make long journeys more viable for a huge number of disabled people and this is why a second round of funding is now being launched to

  • Your guide to wheelchair accessible vehicles and car adaptations

    By Lenna Freeman, Commercial Manager, Sirus Automotive.

    If you are looking for a converted or adapted vehicle, finding the right mobility solution can often feel quite daunting as there are so many options available for disabled drivers and passengers. Whether you require an adaptation to your current car or choose a fully converted wheelchair accessible vehicle where you can drive, transfer internally, sit in the front passenger position, or opt to travel in the rear, there will be a solution for you.

    Car Adaptations

    If you have a standard car and are finding it difficult with certain elements (i.e. using the driving controls, getting in and out or storing your