• DVLA Clamps Down on Vehicle Tax Evasion

    The DVLA has launched a campaign to tackle the problem of vehicle tax evasion in the areas of the UK where it is most rife and the campaign slogan is ‘Tax it or we’ll clamp it’. The areas that the agency is targeting with this campaign include; Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Coventry. Belfast is the area of the UK where vehicle tax evasion is most common as the DVLA statistics show that enforcement action was taken against a total of 78,501 motorists in this area because they didn’t have their vehicles taxed in 2019. Last year the DVLA took enforcement action against 590,000 motorists across 20 UK regions for not taxing their vehicles and the main

  • WMT Obligated to Improve Performance

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has ordered West Midlands Trains (WMT) to invest a further £20 million to improve the standard and reliability of its services. The DfT has taken this action because WMT has been falling a long way short of its performance targets. The money will be spent on implementing timetable improvements and recruiting more drivers in order to cope with staff shortages. The funding will also be used as compensation for customers who have received a poor service. These customers will be offered a 3% discount on season ticket renewals and a 10% discount on off-peak fares by way of apology. The operator has been failing to meet the targets set out in its

  • Bus Services Set to Improve

    The government has recently allocated a further £5 billion to increasing the frequency of bus services in regions outside London. The government wants bus services to be available at evenings and weekends across the country, and ministers are also keen for the price of bus fares to be lowered. In addition there are plans to introduce ‘priority schemes’ so that bus drivers can avoid congested routes and make good progress through traffic.  The intention is for all of these improvements  to be made within five years, during which time, the Prime Minister is also keen to see the introduction of at least 4,000 new zero emissions buses so that the country can make

  • Ban on Petrol and Diesel Vehicle Sales Brought Forward

    The government has recently announced that the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will be brought forward to 2035. The ban has also been extended to include the sale of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is hoped that this will make the UK’s target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050 more achievable.  At the moment approximately a third of the UK CO₂ emissions come from transport, therefore banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles as part of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy should help the UK to make significant progress towards the net-zero target announced in 2019. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented: “This

  • Explore the Outdoors with AccessAble

    February is National Heart Month and to mark the occasion AccessAble wants to encourage people to keep active and explore a few outdoor parks and open spaces. AccessAble appreciates that planning a day trip of this kind can be stressful and time consuming for disabled people because they have to make sure that there chosen destination will be accessible. With this in mind, AccessAble has written an article detailing some of the country’s accessible parks and gardens.

    If you are keen to explore a new outdoor space without having to worry about access issues you can read the article by visiting the AccessAble website.

  • PIP Statistics in Scotland

    According to a new report released by the Scottish government which looks at the Personal Independence Payment statistics from April 2013, when the benefit was first introduced up until June 2019, only 46% of new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants in Scotland have ended up receiving the benefit. This means that 167,000 new claims have been unsuccessful. In contrast to this, only 25%  of those who have transitioned from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP in Scotland have had unsuccessful claims. This means that a total of 39,000 people are experiencing a reduction in income of between £1,200 and £7,740 per year. When transitioning from DLA to PIP more

  • MOT Backlog in Northern Ireland

    More than 10,500 MOT tests have been cancelled in Northern Ireland since 21st January according to figures revealed by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI). Furthermore, the majority of the scheduled MOT tests for cars and light vehicles in Northern Ireland have been suspended with immediate effect. The suspension comes following an inspection of the vehicle lifts used at some of Northern Ireland’s MOT centres which found that 48 out of the 55 inspected lifts showed “signs of cracking” and were therefore unfit for purpose. It has been stated by Roy Beggs, a Stormont Infrastructure Committee member, that the replacement lifts could take up to 12 weeks to arrive and

  • Naidex 2020

    Naidex will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham on 17th and 18th March 2020. The event is now in its 46th year and as ever it will strive to bring you the latest products and solutions from the independent mobility sector. No fewer than 400 suppliers are set to be exhibiting at this year’s event giving you the opportunity to test out the latest products that have been designed to help disabled people in a number of areas including independent mobility, employability and inclusion. Naidex has always been far more than a marketplace, and this year the event will also include 300 seminars from renowned companies and organisations including; Microsoft , the BBC, AccessAble and more.

  • Accessible Fitness with AccessAble Ambassador Sophie Carrigill

    The Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball player and AccessAble Ambassador, Sophie Carrigill wants to encourage people to be more active and reap the physical and mental benefits of exercising. Sophie appreciates that maintaining an active lifestyle can be a challenge particularly for those who have a disability, but she hopes that she can help by sharing her experiences as an athlete. You can view Sophie’s article on staying active by visiting the AccessAble website .

  • Increase in motorists complaining about ‘Black Box’ Insurance

    The number of motorists who are complaining that the data recorded by their ‘black box’ insurance systems is incorrect is increasing. One motorist said that her telematics system recorded that she had been driving at 106mph for a sustained period in a 30mph zone. This was something that the insurance company later admitted was false. Another motorist had received an email saying their insurance would be cancelled within seven days because their insurance provider had received data saying that their driving had been poor enough to warrant this action. Following an investigation into this motorist’s driving the insurer again admitted that the data recorded by the black