Disabled Motoring UK launches survey into electric vehicle readiness amongst disabled drivers
Earlier in the year DMUK was granted a small amount of lottery funding to carry out a research project looking into disabled people’s preparedness to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). They are seeking the views of disabled motorists regarding their knowledge of EVs and EV charging infrastructure.
DMUK PRESS RELEASE: DMUK Access to EV project
Earlier in the year DMUK was granted a small amount of lottery funding to carry out a research project looking into disabled people’s preparedness to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). We are seeking the views of disabled motorists regarding their knowledge of EVs and EV charging infrastructure.
From 2030 the government is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and DMUK is worried about the impact that this will have on disabled motorists. Anecdotal evidence which the charity has gathered so far suggests to us that disabled motorists are not prepared for this change. Many think it won’t affect them and an EV is not suitable for their needs but be assured this change will affect all motorists.
More and more electric vehicles are coming to market all the time and battery technology has come a long way since the first EVs hit the roads. Disabled motorists might have ruled out an EV in the past, but there might be something that now suits their needs. Disabled motorists need to start thinking about this switch over now.
Over the past few years DMUK has been involved in several EV projects and the worrying news is that the public charging infrastructure for EVs is completely inaccessible to many disabled motorists. It is thought that roughly 40% of households will not have the facilities and access at their home to have an at home charging point installed, so will be reliant on public charging infrastructure. With the fastest rapid charge taking at least 20 minutes, a big proportion of the population will have to completely rethink refuelling – or what will be the new normal – re-charging! It won’t be a case of just popping to the local petrol station while running another errand or going to work, charging will be the reason for the journey. The way in which we think about getting fuel for our vehicles will completely change.
Access to EV survey
DMUK is researching the preparedness of disabled people for the switch over to EVs. We will be conducting a survey over the next 3 months asking for disabled motorists’ thoughts on EVs and charging infrastructure. We want to know their opinions and worries surrounding EVs and charging so we can plan our campaigning work accordingly. This project will inform DMUK’s involvement with the EV switch over and provide valuable data going forward to show government and business what needs to be addressed to make sure that EVs and charging is accessible for all.
By completing the survey participants will be entered into a draw to win a £50 M&S voucher. Please complete the survey online by visiting https://www.disabledmotoring.org/campaigns/access-to-ev
Thank you for your participation in this project. The results will be published later in the year.
Disabled Motoring UK
Disabled Motoring UK is the national charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders. We work with 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 organisation for disabled motorists; we also campaign for and support scooter and wheelchair users, families and carers.
The charity is a membership organisation and membership subscriptions is what the charity relies on to continue its work. Full members receive a monthly magazine, access to our information service and discounts on variety of goods and services.
New international database launches to help with driver licensing, vehicle adaptation and accessible parking for people with disabilities.
New ‘DISABLED MOTORING: Travel Opportunities for Motorists with a Disability” website launched
A joint project between the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and the ITF – International Transport Forum has produced the new ‘DISABLED MOTORING: Travel Opportunities for Motorists with a Disability” website
It has been developed to help the 1 billion+ people in the world who live with some form of disability. In many countries, people with disabilities make up a significant and growing part of the community.
For the huge number of disabled individuals who need or want to travel by car, finding information about what is available to help in different regions or countries can be difficult and sometimes impossible.
This new comprehensive database, which is free to access, provides up-to-date information on parking restrictions and concessions for disabled motorists around the world. Also, for the first time, data on driver licence and vehicle adaptation restrictions and conditions is available as well as information on designated parking spaces and the availability of adapted hire cars.
Driving Mobility board member Ann Frye, who was involved in gathering the data for the website, said: “I hope that this can be the start of a wider debate on creating greater equality and opportunity for disabled motorists as well as a useful source of data on the current state of play.”