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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Report finds most UK car parks are inaccessible to disabled drivers

A survey of 20 city centre car parks across the UK has found the majority to be inaccessible to disabled drivers.

Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) carried out the audit focusing on driver access, pedestrian access and general provisions and management of the car park.

Of those surveyed, not one met the British Standard for headroom clearance (2.6m) meaning that wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) or vehicles carrying rooftop hoists would be unable to park.

In terms of parking allocation, only one car park met the Department for Transport’s recommended six percent designation of accessible spaces. The majority designated less than two percent and five had a staggering less than one percent of accessible spaces.

Furthermore, 19 of the 20 car parks failed to meet the British Standard in relation to ticket payment machines which were set too high for disabled people to reach.

DMUK has suggested introducing a Car Park Accreditation Scheme, which grades car parks based on a variety of criteria, as well as developing an ‘Accessible Car Parking Guide’ establishing a best practice guide for use by local authorities and car park owners.

There are some apps already in circulation which aim to help disabled people with accessibility when travelling, such as the LDN Access app created by Adapted Vehicle Hire partner My UK Access Ltd. The app features a range of information for people with disabilities, parents with young children and anyone that requires accessible information for travelling in and visiting the capital.

The full DMUK report can be downloaded here.

In other news, I-drive from Adapted Vehicle Hire was announced as a finalist in the Integrated Communications category of the CIPR PRide awards which took place in Leeds last week (15 November).

Adapted Vehicle Hire provides specialist rental cars for disabled drivers, as well as wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs). Click here to find out more.