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  • Those who decide not to insure their vehicle are at risk of receiving a minimum fine of £300 and six penalty points on their driving licence. In spite of this, an estimated 500,000 young motorists are driving without insurance according to a survey conducted by the car insurance comparison website, comparethemarket.com. The high cost of motoring was cited as the main reason for this. It is now costing young motorists, that is to say those aged between 17 and 24, an average of £2,442 per year. The company found that one in five drivers knew of somebody who had avoided taking out a car insurance policy because they wanted to save money. Dan

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  • After receiving customer feedback relating to the reminder for vehicle tax form (V11) the DVLA has made a number of changes to it. The customer feedback indicated that the previous form was poorly laid out and difficult to understand because it was ‘very text heavy’ and ‘lacking in clear focus and structure’. The new form has therefore been split into three sections. The top third of the form now provides details such as the vehicle keeper’s name and address, the vehicle registration number and the expiry date of the tax. The middle section of the form gives the keeper the option to pay the vehicle tax, declare that the

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  •  On 11th January 2019 the Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, renounced the government’s plans to place a benefits cap on families that are receiving Universal Credit and have more than two children. Amber Rudd went on to state that families with children born before the system began in 2017 will remain exempt from the cap in an effort to make sure the system is “compassionate and fair”. It was also confirmed that she will delay asking MPs to authorise the transfer of a further 3 million people onto Universal Credit in favour of conducting a pilot scheme which would involve taking 10,000 people through the Universal Credit

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  • The accessible holidays provider and DMUK corporate member, Enable Holidays, has recently launched its new holidays brochure for 2019. The brochure includes a large number of different types of accessible holiday in a wide variety of places around Europe and the wider world. As usual, Enable Holidays customers will be able to book villa holidays, cultural city breaks, and relaxing beach holidays. However, If you are looking to experience something completely new while you are on holiday this year then take a look at the ‘Something Different’ section of the 2019 Brochure. In this section you will find holidays which include a range of

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  • According to research conducted by the British Parking Association (BPA) and the BPA member, Penham Excel,  motorists who are consistently failing to pay the fines they incur after receiving Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are costing local authorities a collective amount of more than £500 million per year. The Department for Transport (DfT) refers to these individuals as “persistent evaders” and this term applies to anyone who has amassed three or more unpaid PCNs in the last 12 months that have not been challenged or appealed.

    The figure of over £500 million is taken from the data

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  • Purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) second-hand will save you thousands, however many disabled drivers aren’t aware that there is a large market for used wheelchair access vehicles available. Most drivers don’t know where to look as many car dealerships don’t sell such vehicles.

    Large range of high quality mobility vehicles

    The good news is that the Vic Young car dealership in South Shields is a specialist in wheelchair accessible vehicles for the North East of England. As such, they hold a large range of high quality used mobility vehicles to choose from.

    You can view all the used wheelchair accessible vehicles they have available

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  • An Independent review commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health and Social Care concluded that the government needs to make considerable changes to the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) so that disabled people have more scope to have the adaptations they require installed in their homes. One of the recommendations stated that the government should increase the upper limit awarded through the grant so that it is in line with the rising costs of this equipment and the cost of installation. Another important suggestion made in the report was for the government to introduce a national accreditation scheme for builders and

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  • The 19 year old racing driver, Billy Monger, received the Helen Rollason Award at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2018. This award recognises someone who has continued to achieve great things in the face of adversity. In April 2017 Billy was involved in a life changing crash at Donnington Park which led to him losing his legs. Shortly after this crash, Billy and his family successfully campaigned to the sport’s governing body, the FIA, to persuade them to abolish the rule stating that disabled drivers cannot race in single seater cars. Billy returned to racing less than a year later and now at the end of the 2018, he has finished the

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  • Team BRIT, the motor racing team made up entirely of disabled drivers, have recently announced that they will be competing in the Britcar Championship next year. The team will be fielding its Aston Martin V8 Vantage (GT4) which has been equipped with industry-leading hand control technology. So far, Team BRIT has used the Fun Cup Championship as a platform to introduce the team’s rookies to competitive racing. However, in 2019 the new drivers will be competing in the newly devised, BMW 116 Trophy, while the more experienced drivers take part in the Britcar Endurance Championship, an event which sees the drivers compete in two hour-long

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  • The accessible housing specialist, Abode Impact, has recently surveyed 448 wheelchair users living in a mixture of council properties and privately rented accommodation in what they are referring to as the largest accessible housing survey ever to be conducted in the UK. The firm discovered that four fifths of the respondents are living in properties which don’t fully meet their accessibility needs and 62% said that they have experienced difficulty accessing the Private Rented Sector (PRS) because of a lack of accessible properties. In addition to this, it was revealed that half of the respondents would like to rent a home privately, but only

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