• Car Showrooms to Reopen on 1st Jun

    On Monday 25th May the Prime Minister announced that car showrooms will be allowed to reopen from 1st June as long as they can operate in a ‘COVID secure’ manner and conform to social distancing measures. The Prime Minster noted that because car showrooms often have a lot of outdoor space they should be able to conform to these conditions more efficiently than a number of other retailers.

    The government is aware that transmission of the virus is reduced when people are outside and that it is generally easier to follow CoVID secure guidelines in open spaces. With this in mind, plans have been put in place for outdoor markets to reopen on June 1st too as long as this

  • COVID-19 Lockdown Saves Motorists Time and Money

    According to a new report compiled by the car insurance comparison site, gocompare.com people in Britain have saved a collective amount of £267 million on fuel since the lockdown began. The fact that many cars are staying stationary for long periods of time has led to the price of fuel at the pumps being significantly lower for motorists than it was prior to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Many British people have also saved a significant amount of time by not having to make the daily commute to work. The research shows that the average British motorist spends 58 minutes per day commuting to work by car, covering a distance of 3.4 miles each way. This means that we  have

  • The Best and Worst Places to Take a Driving Test

    The current social distancing measures mean that many learner drivers are keen to get out onto the road and pass their driving test as soon as possible. With this in mind, the car insurance comparison site, gocompare.com, has compiled a report to show which UK test centres have the highest first time pass rates. The company’s research reveals that Llandrindod Wells in Powys, Wales is the test centre with the highest first-time pass rate as 76.3%, or three in every four of the candidates taking their test here pass first time. The test centre in the Scottish market town of Crieff comes a close second on this list with a first-time pass rate of 74.5%. The test centre with the next

  • DWP Update on PIP

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is continuing to adapt to help Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The department is still able to process new PIP claims at this time and it is now possible for claimants to receive and return the PIP2 (how your disability affects you) form electronically. To provide further help at this time the DWP has also extended the deadline for returning the PIP2 form to three months. Those who experience a change in circumstances which they feel could have an impact on their PIP entitlement have been advised to contact the DWP as soon as possible to make sure they continue to receive the

  • Coronavirus Update from DMUK

    DMUK is continuing to monitor the changing situation regarding Coronavirus and following government advice closely. Our top priority is to protect the wellbeing of the DMUK community including members, staff, trustees and their families.

    Following the announcement on Sunday 10th May nothing will change for DMUK operationally for the forseeeable future. The office remains closed and staff are working remotely from home  Currently we are trying to deliver all services and will continue to do so should conditions permit. If you need to contact us please email info@disabledmotoring.org  The phone lines are open from 8am -3.45pm Monday to Friday. They have been diverted so

  • Benefit Claimants Win Vital Court Case

    Two benefit claimants, one a single mother of a disabled child claiming tax credits and another, a disabled person claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) saw their benefit amounts reduced after having to claim Universal Credit (UC) without having transitional protection against income losses. Unsatisfied with the amount they had been awarded under UC,  the two claimants took the case to the Court of Appeal and the judge concluded that the claimant’s circumstances had not changed and therefore, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had unjustly reduced their benefit amounts. This judgement means that depending on the action the DWP decides to take, these two

  • DfT Creates Transport Support Unit

    The Department for Transport has created a Transport Support Unit (TSU) as part of a larger Coronavirus support package which includes providing extra funding to freight operators to ensure the ongoing supply of essential goods into the country and the trialling of a drone service which will be used to deliver medical supplies to St Mary’s Hospital in support of those living on the Isle of Wight.

    Thanks to the introduction of the TSU thousands of volunteers, aircraft, ships and vehicles from within the transport sector are set to support frontline responders across the whole of the UK and assist with the COVID-19 pandemic. The assets that are part of the TSU include four

  • AccessAble to Assess Accessibility of Motorway Service Areas

    The providers of accessibility information AccessAble, who are also DMUK corporate members, have been awarded the contract by Highways England (HE) to conduct disability access surveys at all the motorway service areas in England. The firm aims to complete these surveys by the end of the year (depending on the COVID-19 lock down measures) and then the information will be made available to the public in the form of detailed Access Guides from January 2021. These Access Guides will also be available via a mobile app and HE hopes that they will enable motorists to plan their journeys more effectively as they will know where they will be able to take rest breaks along their

  • Motability cancels all 2020 One Big Day Events

    In line with the latest Government guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and the extended lock down measures, the Motability Scheme has announced the cancellation of the full programme of One Big Day events in 2020.

    All the events listed below are now cancelled:

    •       The Big Event (3 & 4 July 2020)

    •       One Big Day Northern Ireland (6 June 2020)

    •       One Big Day Exeter (25 July 2020)

    •       One Big Day Harrogate (15 August 2020)

    •       One Big Day Peterborough (5 September

  • Survey Reveals COVID-19’s Impact on the Benefits System

    On 27th April the Work and Pensions Committee published the results of a survey which was designed to reveal how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting the lives of benefit claimants. More than 6,000 people responded to this survey and the responses came from people in a number of different situations. The respondents included people who are claiming benefits for the first time, existing benefit claimants and those who have not been able to claim benefits due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The results of the survey show that claimants of incapacity and disability benefits have been most affected.

    Some of the respondents stated that the Department for Work and Pensions