• E10 Petrol to be Introduced

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will be introducing a more environmentally friendly grade of petrol to the UK’s fuel stations this year. This new grade of petrol is referred to as E10 petrol because it contains 10% bioethanol. The current petrol grade dispensed at UK petrol stations, E5, only contains 5% bioethanol. It has been reported that the introduction of E10 petrol will help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions to such an extent that it will be the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    All cars built after 2011 will be able to run on E10 petrol, but the government is well aware that an estimated 700,000 vehicles in the UK will

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  • Speeding Becoming Increasingly Unacceptable

    IAM RoadSmart’s new study reveals that speeding has become less acceptable among motorists than it was five years ago. In 2016, the organisation’s survey of 2,000 people showed that 55% of motorists believed that driving at 80mph was acceptable on a motorway. However, this figure has now dropped to 43%. The percentage of people who think it is acceptable to drive faster than 80mph on a motorway has also decreased, falling from 28% to 23%. The recent survey also revealed that more motorists think it is unacceptable to speed in towns, but it is concerning that many of the respondents thought it was okay to drive 5mph over the speed limit on a residential street. Neil Greig,

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  • Share your Views on Electric Vehicles

    DMUK is working on the Equal EV project with our corporate members Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Connected Kerb to conduct vital research into disabled motorists' views on the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). This information is a key part of making sure that disabled motorists don’t get left behind when the petrol and diesel ban comes into effect. SSEN is looking to interview more disabled motorists who have experience of using EVs, those who are already considering making the transition and those who are very concerned about switching to EVs. These

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  • Calls to Reduce Drink Drive Limit Continue

    The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) report stated that a lower drink drive limit would have a positive impact on road safety because driving with even a small amount of alcohol in ones system has a detrimental effect on driving. Drivers are currently limited to 80mg of alcohol per 100mg of blood in England and Wales and this law has remained unchanged since 1967. No other country in Europe has a drink driving limit which is above 50mg/100ml. PACTS Executive Director, David Davies commented: “A lower limit is not a magic bullet but government polices to reduce drink driving will lack credibility as long as they avoid this change.”   

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  • Major EV Charging Investment

    The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has pledged an investment of £20 million to aid the installation of more government supported electric vehicle (EV) chargers. It is hoped that this investment will double the number of government supported EV chargers in the UK to almost 8,000.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) encouraged local authorities to take advantage of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) which has benefited over 140 projects to date. Grant Shapps commented: “With a world-leading charging network, we’re making it easier for more people to switch to electric vehicles, creating healthier neighbourhoods and cleaning up our air as we

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  • Drive or Sit Upfront with a Sirus Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

    Sirus Automotive, leading wheelchair accessible vehicle converter has launched a range of new upfront wheelchair accessible vehicles. With the widest range of drive from wheelchair, internal transfer and upfront passenger vehicles in the UK. Sirus continue to innovate, giving their customers freedom, independence, and social inclusion.

    Sirus Automotive’s range now includes:

    Sirus Ford Drive/Upfront - Based on Ford’s Grand Tourneo Connect the side access design enables you to drive from your wheelchair or travel upfront next to the driver, with the option to switch places at any time. The ramp is just 70cm so you can easily park in a Blue Badge Bay and is ideal for

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  • Slow Progress for Blue Badge Enforcement

    One of DMUK’s most crucial campaigns is encouraging local authorities to make sure that the Blue Badge scheme is properly administered and enforced. The national Blue Badge statistics for 2020 released on 20th January 2021 reveal that many local authorities are still not doing enough to uphold the integrity of the Blue Badge scheme.

    On 31st March 2020 there were 2.44 million Blue Badges held in England. This is an increase of 6.5% since March 2019. This increase was expected following the extension of the Blue Badge eligibility criteria which came into effect in August 2019. Local authorities issued 996,000 badges in 2019/20 and 26,000 of these were issued to individuals

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  • Prema Care Live-In Care Solutions

    Prema Care, has taken the greatest care to create an agency that families can trust when it comes to sourcing, checking and introducing the most qualified and compassionate live-in carers to their wide range of clients, who come to them safe in the knowledge that they can match exactly the right person for their own individual care needs, however simple or complex they may be. Their priority is that you get access to live-in care to enable you – or your loved one - to have the best possible quality of life in your own home, surrounded by your friends, family, possessions and even pets! If you have hobbies, interests and activities you like to take part in, they’re going to

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  • High Levels of Electric Vehicle Satisfaction

    According to a survey of 2,000 electric vehicle owners conducted by Zap Motoring 91% of these people would not switch back to a vehicle powered by petrol of diesel. Only 8% of the respondents said they were unsure, and just 1% said that they missed their previous vehicle. The majority of the people who responded to the survey (73%) said that they were driving their first electric vehicle with 52% having switched within the last year. The survey also revealed that the electric vehicles with the highest satisfaction rates included the Volkswagen ID.3, the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid and the BMW 3 Series saloon. All of these models received 100% satisfaction rating. RAC spokesperson, Rod

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  • Disparity in Successful Blue Badge Applications Revealed

    According to an investigation conducted by the BBC those who apply for a Blue Badge on the grounds of having a non-visible disability have far lower success rates than those who apply on the grounds of having a visible physical disability. Of the 109 councils that provided full responses to the BBC’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request 80% approved more people with visible physical disabilities than those with non-visible disabilities. In the case of 10 of these councils, the disparity equated to as much as 50 percentage points.

    The councils with the largest disparity between approval rates assured the BBC that they had followed government guidance and assisted applicants

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