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  • Blue Badge eligibility criteria changes come into effect in August

    It has been confirmed that changes to the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme will come into effect on 30th August 2019.

    Following a consultation in 2018 the government announced that it will be extending the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include people with ‘hidden disabilities’ such as dementia, autism and a number of mental health conditions. The new legislation has now been confirmed and after the 30th August 2019 people with ‘hidden’ disabilities will find it easier to obtain a Blue Badge.

    From this date the assessed criteria will now be that a person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and

  • Better Enforcement of Smart Motorway Lane Closures

    In the summer Highways England will be introducing new traffic cameras onto the nation’s smart motorways. These new cameras will be able to spot drivers who illegally use lanes that are marked with a red ’X’ symbol. Using smart motorway lanes when they have been closed in this way is punishable by a £100 fine and three points on the individual’s driving licence. However, at the moment offending drivers will only receive this punishment if they are caught driving down a closed lane by a police officer. The introduction of these cameras will mean that all of the drivers who flout this law will automatically receive the fine

  • New 2019 Enable Holidays Brochure

    The award winning accessible holidays provider and DMUK corporate member, Enable Holidays  has recently released a new 2019 holidays brochure. This particular brochure is focused on accessible holidays for those who do not wish to fly. The types of holidays on offer include city breaks, cultural experiences, beach holidays and more. All of the holiday destinations on offer can either be reached by car, ferry crossing, Eurostar, Euro Tunnel or local connecting railways and the places you can visit include the UK, France, Holland, Germany and Spain. Enable Holidays can also arrange self-drive road trips across continental Europe for anyone who wants

  • Join the RiDC Research Panel

    The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) is looking for more disabled people to sign up as RiDC researchers. If you do decide to sign up as an RiDC researcher you will be working on behalf of disabled and older people to help ensure that the products and services they may wish to use are as accessible as possible. The research panel will soon reach the milestone of having 1,000 members and as an incentive for signing up the 1,000th member to join the panel will receive a shopping voucher worth £150. There will also be an extra prize of £50 for one lucky winner who signs up during this promotional period too. You can sign up to become a member of the panel either

  • Get a Replacement MOT Certificate Online

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has recently launched a service which allows motorists who have misplaced the car’s MOT certificate to print it off at home rather than having to pay £10 for a replacement copy. In 2018 630,000 replacement MOTs were issued and this cost British motorists a collective amount of more than £6 million. The new online system allows motorists to view, save and print the MOT certificate for their car, van or motorcycle as long as it was issued after 20th May 2018. The service will be made available for those who have buses, lorries and/or coaches later in the year. Neil Barlow, Head of Vehicle Engineering at the DVSA commented:

  • Disability Confident Job Search Tool

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is pleased to announce that 46,000 people have searched for a job using the Disability Confident online job search tool since it became part of the government online job search engine in November 2018. Disability Confident has been labelled the government’s “flagship” scheme dedicated to the employment of disabled people and recent figures show that 11,000 employers across England have signed up to become part of it with the number increasing each week. The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, commented: “Recruiting disabled talent isn’t an act of charity

  • The IPC’s ‘Get Your Reg Right’ Campaign

    An increasing number of motorists now have to pay for parking using various forms of digital technology. This means that motorists are required to input their vehicle’s registration number manually to ensure that the payment is attributed to the correct vehicle.  If the registration is inputted wrongly then the motorist in question is liable to receive a PCN. With this in mind, the IPC has launched a new campaign called ‘Get Your Reg Right’ to highlight how important it is that motorists make sure the information they provide when they paying for a ticket is correct. While the responsibility of ensuring this information is accurate

  • Miles of Roadworks Removed for Easter Weekend

    Highways England will be removing 459 miles worth of roadworks from the nation’s motorways and major A-roads between 6am on Thursday 18th April and 12:01am on Tuesday 23 April. According to Highways England this will mean that 99% of our motorways and major A-roads will be free of roadworks over the Easter period. Highways England traffic officers will be working throughout this time to help any motorists who may run into difficulties during their journeys. Highways England’s Customer Service Director, Melanie Clarke, commented: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Easter and that’s why we’re keeping around 99 per

  • Government Funding to Improve Service Station Accessibility

    The accessibility of a number of the country’s motorway service stations is set to improve thanks to a £2 million fund set up by the government to fit more of them with Changing Places toilets. The Department for Transport (DfT) will be working with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) to award a portion of the funding to the service stations that need it most based on the detail of the proposals they receive and the quality of the disabled access that is already being provided by each of the stations that submits an application for investment. Changing Places toilets allow more than a quarter of a million people with a variety of disabilities from

  • Pavement Parking Inquiry

    On 2nd April 2019 the Transport Select Committee launched an inquiry into pavement parking. The purpose of the inquiry is to determine the size and nature of the issue and find a feasible solution to the problem. Pavement parking is particularly problematic for wheelchair and scooter users, and visually impaired people because it can force them out on to the road and potentially into the path of oncoming traffic. Having parked cars on the pavements also causes problems for local authorities because they have to spend money repairing the damage that the vehicles cause given that pavements are not designed to take that much weight. Many campaigning groups have been working to abolish