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Adapted Car Hire News: Day of protest against DLA cuts planned

Disabled activists are planning a day of protests to demonstrate against the inaccessibility of public transport for disabled passengers which, the protestors claim, will be made worse by cuts to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

According to the DisabledGo News Blog, the national day of action will take place on Tuesday 19 July. The protest is being organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Transport for All (TfA), an organisation that has been championing the cause of accessible transport in London for two decades.

It was announced last month that around 500,000 disabled people could lose their entitlement to DLA over the next four years as planned changes to disability benefits go ahead.

DPAC and TfA argue that these cuts will force thousands of disabled people onto a public transport system that is not suitable for their needs, as they will no longer be able to afford a car through the Motability scheme, or receive benefits such as a blue parking badge.

Andy Greene, one of the organisers of the protest, said: “People will be forced [by the DLA cuts] back onto a public transport system which doesn’t really cater for their needs.

“We will be exercising our right to use public transport, a system that we are told is accessible, so let’s put that to the test.”

Channel 4 News’ No Go Britain campaign last month raised fresh concerns about the capital’s transport system for those with mobility problems, suggesting it could cause problems during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

In other news, Specialised Orthotic Services’ P Pod is the winner of the Naidex National 2012 Style Award as judged by Paralympic swimmer Matt Whorwood who is sponsored by Adapted Vehicle Hire.

Adapted Vehicle Hire has launched an innovative new ‘Car & Driver’ chauffeur service for those with mobility problems to combat the severe limitations in both the public transport options and disabled parking provision associated with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Click here to find out more.