Vehicle Adaptation

Disabled people must have better access to public transport before London car-free day

Public transport in London

A leading not-for-profit business and disability organisation is calling on  the London Mayor to make public transport more accessible for disabled people, following the announcement that there will be a car-free day across London on 22 September to raise awareness of the air pollution crisis.

Angela Matthews, Head of Policy and Research, at Business Disability Forum, said:

“While Business Disability Forum agrees that air pollution is an urgent issue, we would ask the capital to consider how a car-free day to promote “walking, cycling, and use of public transport” would affect disabled people.

How adapted vehicles have changed since 1946

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Our independence is everything. Indulging in a bit of retail therapy or a trip to the football watching your team win or, regrettably, lose — it’s something we all need. And adapted vehicles play a huge part in this for people who have disabilities.

In the UK today, around 20% of the population are registered disabled, with just under half of that figure wheelchair bound. The journeys that we make each and everyday are simply not possible for some of those people without assistance from someone else. Technological advances within the motor industry have increased tenfold since the turn of the millennium. Now, in 2019, driverless cars, a concept that seemed like a pipe dream way back when, could finally be paving way on the roads of the UK.

Making driving with a disability easier with designed2enable

Back rest from designed2enable

For many disabled people, their car is a lifeline. It provides independence, enabling people to stay active by getting out of the house and socialising with others. However, for some, getting in and out of the car and refuelling can be a challenge.

Katherine of designed2enable Ltd has therefore put together a list of car-related products to help make life a little easier and more pleasurable for disabled drivers and passengers…

Top 4 products for disabled drivers and passengers:

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The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns

The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns

Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th April 2017

Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

 

• Explore the UK’s leading range of WAVs

• See the launch of the new Brotherwood Mercedes-Benz V-Class

• Discuss your personal transport needs with expert advisors

• Explore the world-class Motor Museum

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the Brotherwood ‘WAV Weekend’ Event will be returning this April Bank Holiday Weekend, giving you the opportunity to explore and drive the UK's leading range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in one place.

 

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

 

A long-serving customer of Derbyshire vehicle adaptation firm Autochair has paid tribute to its founder for helping his wife retain her independence for nearly 20 years.

John Edwards said the expertise of David Walker, who set up the firm more than 30 years ago, had greatly benefitted his wife Hetty’s life after a scooter hoist was first fitted into their car in 1997.

Mrs Edwards has arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to get about and which is why the couple had bought a scooter in the first place, but it was too heavy for them to lift into their then car, a Mitsubishi Shogun, if they wanted to go further afield.

First Mobility Scooters: The Useful Information

People buying their first mobility scooters will find a wealth of information to sift through. All of this information could potentially be useful when you’re narrowing down your choice, whittling your options down to just one mobility scooter that you’d eventually like to buy. At the start, though, it could all be too overwhelming. Instead, this useful information should make up the core of all of your research:

What’s the law regarding mobility scooters on the road?

You don’t need a license to ride your mobility scooter.

There are two types of scooter that you might choose to purchase.

PB Conversions

PB Conversions was set up January 2001 by Paul Berridge who has over 25 years experience in the industry. We are a small company specialising in vehicle mobility adaptations for people with disabilities. We offer all our customers high quality workmanship with a personal and professional service.

We are able to offer our services at our fully equipped workshop in Leighton Buzzard, or for some adaptations and servicing we can offer an on site service. We also send all our customer annual service reminders for adaptations and as long as they come to the workshop this is carried out free of charge.

We strive to offer our customers a service that they will recommend to others. Our motto ‘Giving You Freedom’ is what we want to achieve for everyone.