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Adapted Vehicle Hire News: Survey reveals disabled people feel isolated from loved ones at Christmas

A lack of disabled access is preventing people from visiting friends and relatives this Christmas, according to a new survey by Adapted Vehicle Hire and vehicle converters Constables Mobility.

The survey of disabled people found that more than 75 percent were not able to see friends and family as much as they wanted to over Christmas, with over 90 percent saying their disability significantly prevented them from taking part in celebrations.

In addition, more than 80 percent of people said there weren’t enough disabled parking spaces where they live, which added to their difficulties remaining mobile.

Commenting on the survey results, Lorraine Farnon, Managing Director of Adapted Vehicle Hire, said: “Christmas can be a stressful time of year without the added difficulties caused by a lack of suitable disabled access. Although this survey is just a snapshot, it clearly demonstrates that many people do not feel able to fully take part in Christmas celebrations and that a lack of disabled access is still a real problem for many people, especially at Christmas.”

Despite these difficulties there was some good news. The majority of working respondents (79 percent) said their employer did consider the mobility needs of their workers when booking the Christmas party.

The survey also asked people to describe their shopping habits to see if mobility problems prevented them from doing their Christmas shopping. Just under half of all people said they would be shopping online this year to avoid busy town centres. However a third chose to brave the crowds and hit the high street instead.

In other news, new EU ‘gender-neutral’ car insurance rules have come into effect, meaning some women could end up paying up to £300 more a year on average.

Adapted Vehicle Hire provides specialist rental cars for disabled drivers, as well as wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) to get you on the road during the festive season. Click here to find out more.