• Idlewells Shopping Centre awarded for safety and accessibility

    Idlewells Shopping Centre MSCP, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire has again achieved the coveted Park Mark, Safer Parking Award and the Disabled Parking Accreditation for a further two years.

    These awards are credited to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association. The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.

    Chloe O’Donnell Centre Manager said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Park Mark and Disabled Parking Accreditation again. We strive to provide a safe

  • Local authorities continue to disappoint with Blue Badge enforcement

    One of DMUK’s important campaigns is encouraging local authorities to make sure that the Blue Badge Scheme is properly administered and enforced. The Blue Badge Statistics for 2018/19 released on 4 December 2019 reveal, yet again, that the majority of local authorities in England are not taking abuse of the scheme seriously.

    On the 31 March 2019 there were 2.29 million Blue Badges held in England. This figure has decreased each year since the reforms of the Blue Badge application process in 2011/12. DMUK took part in these reforms and is pleased that the decrease in the number of badges being issued suggests that they are now only being granted to the people that meet the

  • Call for Councils to Provide Specialist Car Seats

    Newlife, the charity which advocates on behalf of disabled children, is campaigning for all councils to provide specialist car seats to families with disabled children who need them to be safe. The charity’s research shows that 50% of local councils adopt the policy not to provide car seats in any circumstances. As a result of this widespread policy, more than 300,000 disabled children are at risk of chocking or sustaining fatal injuries when travelling in cars because they are sitting in unsuitable car seats.  In addition to this, the charity also discovered that there isn’t a legally enforced maximum waiting time for the provision of specialist equipment, and a number

  • UK Police Forces Issuing the Most FPNs Revealed

    The UK regions where the highest amounts of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued to drivers by the police in 2018 have been revealed. Avon and Somerset, Kent and West Yorkshire are among the areas where the highest number of FPNs were issued for a range of motoring offences last year. Police in Avon and Somerset issued a total of 163,000 FPNs to speeding motorists in 2018, while West Mercia Police issued 90,203. Hampshire Police came third on the list, issuing a total of 73,220 FPNs for speeding offences in 2018. The highest speed recorded on public roads last year was 162mph and two drivers were caught at this speed, one was caught by Avon and Somerset Police and the other was

  • Police Forces Crackdown on Drink Driving

    This month police forces from across the UK will be launching their annual campaigns to warn people of the dangers associated with drink driving, particularly throughout the festive period. According to statistics from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, a total of 322 drink drivers were caught in the region between the end of November 2018 and 1st January 2019. The Assistant Police Constable of the constabulary, Alan Todd said: “That's 322 people who'll be put before the courts, 322 people who will lose their licences, 322 people who will have a range of consequences around social embarrassment, potentially losing their jobs, certainly facing retest before being allowed back

  • Enable Holidays Launch New and Improved Website

    The accessible holidays provider, Enable Holidays has recently launched a new and improved website following 10 months of development. The purpose of the new website is to allow visitors to find the accessible holiday destinations and hotels they are looking for with more efficiency. The most important aspect of the website is the sophisticated main search tool which allows users to search for holiday accommodation using a variety of filters including, resort, board basis, star rating and the adapted facilities that are on offer. In addition to this, there is a live chat function available which gives people the opportunity to speak directly with a dedicated travel consultant from the

  • Team BRIT Offering Gift Experience Vouchers this Christmas

    Team BRIT, the competitive racing team comprising entirely of disabled drivers, is offering people the opportunity of purchasing gift experience vouchers for a disabled driver this Christmas courtesy of its Racing Academy. In 2020 the first two academy track days will be held on Sunday 16th February and Wednesday 25th March at Silverstone. More dates will be announced soon and the gift vouchers can be used for any track day next year.

    Team BRIT’s Racing Academy was launched this year with the aim of providing motorsport coaching and tuition at race tracks across the UK. Those who take part in Team BRIT’s Race Academy track days will have the chance to try out the

  • How Accessible is London’s Public Transport?

    The London Assembly Transport Committee is conducting a consultation to examine accessibility and inclusion across the city’s public transport network and streets. The committee is aware of how important it is that everyone is able to make successful journeys to and from work, places of education, and leisure activities across London. This is why they have launched a consultation to find out what difficulties disabled people can face when they are trying to navigate their way through the city. The investigation will cover every type of public transport available in London including the tube, trains, buses, trams, DLR, River bus journeys, taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs). By

  • Older Learner Drivers Quicker to Pass Tests

    New research conducted by the car insurance provider, Adrian Flux shows that, on average, older learner drivers pass their driving tests more quickly than younger drivers. In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provided statistics relating to the pass rates of learner drivers in the UK and the amount of time it takes them to pass their test. While 67% of learner drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 pass their driving test within 12 months and for those between the ages of 55 and 64 this figure rises to 76%. The research also revealed that 51% of learner drivers between the ages of 65 and 70 pass their test within 6 months

  • Transport for Scotland Makes Smart Ticketing Improvements

    Transport for Scotland has worked with the National Entitlement Card Program Office and the national information and citizenship organisation, Young Scot, to improve the ticketing process for public transport users across Scotland. Thanks to the work of these two organisations, commuters can now use one type of smart card to access all modes of public transport. This makes the process of smart ticketing across the country much easier by dramatically reducing the number of cards that people need to keep track of, and it also helps the environment by reducing the amount of plastic that needs to be used to make the cards in the first instance. Prior to this improvement commuters in