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From Mobilise to Disabled Motoring UK

Author: Disabled Motoring UK

Published: 2011-03-31

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Disabled Motoring UK is the new name for Mobilise the charity who campaign on behalf of people with disabilities in the UK.

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Disabled Motoring UK is the new name for Mobilise, the charity who campaign on behalf of the 1.3 million people with disabilities in the UK.

Disabled Motoring UK is a campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

They lobby government and businesses to improve parking, refuelling and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need. Disabled Motoring UK is not just an organization for disabled drivers; they also campaign for and support passengers, scooter and wheelchair users, families and carers.

Their continuing campaigns will include:

The abuse of disabled parking bays, the reform of the Blue Badge scheme, accessibility of city centers, and the lack of parking at healthcare facilities. Disabled Motoring UK will continue to co-ordinate the successful Baywatch campaign, which surveys the abuse of disabled parking space in supermarkets across the UK and encourages retailers to improve their provision and enforcement of Blue Badge bays.

To further raise awareness of the many issues that affect disabled motorists, the charity is re-creating the epic journey made across the Alps by one of their founders, the late O. A. Denly, in an "Argson Invalid Carriage." Having contracted polio whilst serving in the Royal Navy, "Denny" made his incredible trip in 1947. Now his original three-wheeled Argson trike has been restored so that it can repeat this epic journey in 2011. The trike will be driven in a relay from the England to France and across the Alps by members of Disabled Motoring UK, disability campaigners and members of the UK Armed Forces, before returning to the finish line at the Houses of Parliament.

Following the trike's return home, Disabled Motoring UK will be hosting their inaugural award ceremony at the Goodwood Revival on Friday September 16th 2011. These awards will celebrate the advances made for disabled motoring and the achievements of both individuals and organizations in various fields including accessible accommodation, parking provision and disability sport.

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