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Monthly Archives: October 2016

What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and will it affect disabled motorists and WAV vehicle users?

WAV and ULEZ

On the 8 April 2019, central London will see the ULEZ replace the current T-charge, meaning that all vehicles will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel in the current Congestion Charging Zone. The ULEZ zone will expand from 25 October 2021 to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

The ULEZ has been brought into effect to help improve air quality in central London to combat the toxic air that city-dwellers, including children, are breathing every day. The government is looking to implement measures to promote less driving and more use of public transport, as well as work on encouraging sustainable freight deliveries, cleaner taxis and private hire vehicles, as well as a low-pollution bus fleet.

Diesel engines are one of the major reasons for the high volumes of air pollution in London, and under ULEZ standards, if your vehicle doesn’t comply with the emissions standards, you’ll be required to pay the ULEZ charge of £12.50 per day to drive in the zone.

To check if your vehicle complies with the ULEZ, please click this link.

Does this affect disabled motorists and WAV vehicle users?

Keepers of vehicles registered with a ‘disabled’ or ‘disabled passenger vehicles’ tax class, such as a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) will be exempt from the ULEZ charge until 26 October 2025 as long as the vehicle doesn’t change tax class. Read more about eligibility for disabled exemption, here.

Blue Badge holders will need to pay the ULEZ charge unless their vehicle meets the standards, or is registered as a ‘disabled’ or ‘disabled passenger vehicle’ tax class.

Motability Scheme vehicles are unlikely to be affected by the ULEZ as most of the scheme vehicles are brand new vehicles leased for three years, so, therefore, they are compliant and it is unlikely that many Motability customers would have to worry about this new charge.

The best way to ensure you’re completely aware of your particular vehicle and ULEZ is to check through the TFL website, ask us when enquiring about a vehicle, or asking Motability when applying for your scheme.

Contact us today to see how we can find the best possible Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle for your needs, whether through Motability or private purchase.

Weathering the windy road ahead

driving in windy weather

As the UK is being battered by its third storm of 2019 it’s becoming ever-more important to prepare for the potential weather when travelling, whether that be in a Wheelchair Accessible vehicle or a standard vehicle. We’ve put together a list of things you should have to hand in your car so you’re prepared for what the wind might through at you, and things you should consider when you have to drive in less-than-great conditions.

Tips to help your driving in windy weather – if you have to:

Storm Gareth has been whipping up a windy gale across the UK this week, and it’s not entirely pleasant, whether in or out of your vehicle. If you absolutely have to travel in windy weather, then take our advice with these few tips:

  1. The RAC recommends packing provisions in case of disruption or breakdowns from severe windy conditions. Pack food and water and a charged mobile phone in case you need to call for help, or just to relay the news of delays.
  2. In case of breakdowns during windy weather, or in fact at all, as well as your pack of provisions we suggest you have these items in the vehicle at all times:

– A first aid kit full of all standard medical items, as well as any specific items or essential medications you or your passengers may require if you were to have an accident or breakdown on the road

                – A torch (in case you breakdown at night)

                – A map

                – Jump leads

                – Warm clothes and a blanket

  1. Potentially hazardous roadways and bridges tend to be shut off when it’s extremely windy, so keep your eye on your route and listen out for travel reports, but also avoid crossing high exposed bridges if you can. Also, be more cautious when driving down covered country lanes as there may be fallen branches. Keep an eye on the road and if you notice small branches in the road there could be larger trees or branches just around the corner.
  2. Take it slow. Drive a bit slower than usual and give more room and more distance between you and those vehicles around you, especially those towing caravans, larger loads, or with top boxes.
  3. When you reach where you’re going, make sure to try and park your car in a place that won’t be impacted by severe winds. So, not under trees, telephone lines or large signs that could be blown over in extreme conditions.

Also, it may sound obvious but it’s important to hold your steering wheel with both hands, firmly, especially when overtaking or driving along roads that might leave you exposed to strong winds hitting the vehicle from the side.

Hopefully, these tips will help next time you’re taking on the wind on your next journey. Stay warm and safe on the roads to weather the storms, the winter isn’t over yet. To find out how we ensure our Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are up to European Safety Standards and see our range of adapted vehicles, please click here.

A Short History Of The Motability Scheme

Mobility Vehicles UK

Millions of British people’s lives have been positively affected by the existence of the Motability Scheme. For 40 years, it has helped give back some independence to disabled people. This is thanks to the scheme providing mobility vehicles UK wide – such as wheelchair accessible vehicles.

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Always Test Drive Your New Motability Hire

Accessible Vehicle Hire

Whether you are hiring your first ever mobility car or you are well versed in the world of accessible vehicle hire, it’s always important to ensure that you test drive your new Motability vehicle. There are a number of reasons why this should be done and we’re going to discuss them in this blog.

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The Benefit Of Buying Used Mobility Vehicles

Used Mobility Vehicles

Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) are used by many people across the UK who are either living with a disability or who are loved ones of a disabled person. While the vast majority of these people will be happy to make use of the Motability scheme, there are others who seek alternatives. One of these alternatives is choosing from a selection of used mobility vehicles.

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