02 December 2021

  • Record Year for EVs

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are set for a record year despite an overall car market drop. More new electric vehicles are expected to be sold this year than the whole of 2010-2019 combined. Buyer take up is expected to be around 287,000 of the latest zero-emission capable cars by the end of the year, which equates to one in six new cars. Combined sales from 2010 to 2019 were only 271,962 in comparison. This shows a clear upward trend in consumers going for a more environmentally friendly choice when choosing a vehicle.

    When you combine sales of EVs with hybrid electric more than a quarter of the new car market has been electrified.

    Overall the car market is seeing a slump in

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  • Driving without glasses

    One in ten drivers break the law by not wearing their prescribed glasses when driving. By doing this they are risking voiding their car insurance and losing their licence. 

    Contact lens retailer, Lenstore surveyed 1,029 UK drivers to find out how often they wear their prescriptive eyewear for driving, when they last had a sight test, and their views around testing, driving and older generations on our roads.

    They also discovered that 65% of drivers don’t know the legal eyesight requirement set by the DVLA for driving safely, which is to be able to read a registration plate from 20 metres away. 67% of drivers believe people aged 60+ should not be allowed behind

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  • Road Safety Week

    This week is Road Safety Week (15th – 21st November) and we are supporting Brake in their endeavours to highlight road safety heroes. This year’s theme celebrates the heroic work of road safety professionals, and they want to encourage everyone to play their part in making road journeys safer for everyone.

    In the UK, on average, somebody is killed or seriously injured on a road every 20 minutes. Road crashes are tragic events, and death and life-changing injuries have a devastating effect on families and communities, as well as the immeasurable cost of misery inflicted on those injured and bereaved. Also exposure to air pollution, including traffic emissions is

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  • DMUK CEO Attends COP 26

    We are pleased to say that DMUK CEO, Graham Footer will be on a discussion panel at COP 26 today which will focus on 'Delivering a Fair Electric Vehicle (EV) Transition'. The transition to EVs is coming and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure that the views of disabled motorists are heard and EVs and the EV infrastructure becomes more accessible.  

  • Business Disability Forum Shares Views on Employment Gap

    The Business Disability Forum is pleased that the government has announced £5.9 billion worth of funding to improve NHS waiting times. However, the forum has stated that there is a focus on diagnostics and testing and there needs to be more emphasis placed on treatment to help certain disabled people return to work. This would reduce the disability employment gap. Angelia Matthews, Head of Policy for the Business Disability Forum has stated that if the government really wants to get people back to work following a period of long-term sickness they need to think more strategically. Angelia Matthews commented: “We welcome the additional funding to help reduce NHS waiting

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  • The London ULEZ Extension

    At the end of October, the Ultra Low Emissions Zone became 18 times larger stretching up to the north and south circular. This means that 300,000 motorists will have to pay ULEZ charges each day. However, according to a survey of 2,000 motorists conducted by the car sales website, motorway.co.uk, only 43% of those surveyed were aware of the expansion. Furthermore, just 35% were aware of the gov.uk webpage they could use to check their vehicle’s ULEZ compliance. The best knowledge of the expansion was demonstrated by residents of north east London as 37% of the respondents could correctly identify the areas of this part of the capital covered by the ULEZ. Taking the expansion into

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  • Baywatch 2021 Results out now!

    In August we asked the public to help us with our annual Baywatch campaign. We asked disabled motorists to complete a survey about their parking experiences over the past 12 months. The results have now been calculated.

    DMUK would like to thank everybody who participated in our Baywatch 2021 campaign. Once again, we received a record number of responses this year with 853 completed surveys submitted. This level of response shows that disabled parking abuse continues to be a primary concern of disabled motorists. We would also like to thank all of our supporting organisations for promoting the campaign and encouraging their supporters to take part.

    FINDINGS

  • System Developed to Tackle Aquaplaning

    Researchers at Coventry University have stated that their newly developed Run Dry Traction System (RDTS) could put an end to the problem of aquaplaning and save lives. Aquaplaning occurs when water gets in between a vehicles tyres and the road causing it to lose grip. The system tackles this issue by spraying compressed fluid in front of the tyres to stop the buildup of water. 

    There were 170 days of rain in the UK last year and it is estimated that wet weather conditions were the cause of 30% of all road accidents. Initial tests show that the RDTS can

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  • Motorists Could Face More Hazardous Roads this Winter

    Local authorities around the UK have warned that motorists may face more dangerous roads than usual this winter due to a shortage of gritting lorries. Local authorities are calling on the government to work in conjunction with them to tackle these short-term shortages. The Local Government Association (LTA) has warned that they are struggling to compete with the salaries that are being offered to drivers by private firms, which is adding to the problem. However, David Renard, LTA Transport Spokesman commented: “As they do every year, councils will be working proactively to plan ahead and ensure that their winter

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  • GM Coachwork opens new production facility to meet growing demand

    Devon-based specialist vehicle converter GM Coachwork marked the opening of its new multi-million pound manufacturing facility with a grand opening attended by key clients and suppliers addressed by guest speaker Mike Hawes, CEO of the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders). 

    This latest expansion comes on the heels of strong year-on-year growth for the company. The business has enjoyed healthy growth and demand for its range of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV’s) which they supply to the Motability scheme. The

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