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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: AVH Signs Exclusive Contract with 7/7 Survivor’s Disability App

Specialist rental firm Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) has signed an exclusive partnership with My UK Access Ltd – creators of independent travel resource Ldn Access, to help people with disabilities travel around London more easily.

Launched in Jan 2012, Ldn Access is a downloadable iPhone app that 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 app was created by 7/7 bombing survivor Daniel Biddle and business partner Tobi Manikin-Collett in an effort to improve London’s disabled access.

As part of the arrangement AVH will be listed on the app as a recommended supplier of goods and services for disabled travellers in the ‘Top Five Travel’ category and will be the only recommended supplier of rented adapted vehicles.

In return, AVH will help sponsor the app and promote the service to customers. This will enable the company to expand and develop similar apps for other types of smartphones.

Commenting on the partnership, AVH managing director, Lorraine Farnon, said: “We are really pleased to announce this partnership as the app is a great service that makes a real difference to people’s lives. As a business we are always looking for new ways to make life easier for our customers and the new app fits in very well with other initiatives such as our I-drive information portal that we launched earlier in the year.”

With an expected 500,000 extra people expected to have visited London this summer, the issue of disabled access is more important than ever.

However despite a range of improvements to disabled facilities across the capital, there is evidence that disabled access is still a problem. According to new research by campaign group A2BForAll, two thirds of disabled passengers feel nervous and face discrimination when using public transport.

Tobi Manikin-Collett, co-founder of My UK Access, agrees: “Disabled access is something London still struggles with which is simply not good enough in this day and age and we hope that through services like the London Access app, we can begin to raise awareness of the need for changes.

“For many people, simple tasks like getting to and from the shops are a significant undertaking because of problems with mobility and access. However with the app we can help people to plan their journey and find disabled-friendly venues and facilities to make life easier. We hope to use technology to change people’s mindsets and show how the disability isn’t the problem; the lack of access is the problem.”

Daniel Biddle lost both legs, his spleen and left eye when a bomb exploded on his tube train in July 2005. As a result of his injuries, Daniel became a wheelchair user and he began to discover that many parts of London had become inaccessible to him.

In an effort to help improve the situation, Tobi and Daniel launched My UK Access Ltd and approached a developer about creating the app. London Access is now one of the main information resources for disabled travellers in London. The app was the third most downloaded travel app worldwide within four days of going on sale and has attracted attention from around the world.

The app provides details such as step-free access, ramps, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities at thousands of venues across the capital. Operating offline, the app enables people to use it on the move and away from a wireless signal e.g. underground – the only app of its kind to work without any network connection.

Costing £1.49 to download, the app is available from the Travel section of the Apple App store.

For further information please contact Simon Baylis or Ellie Smith on 0845 4567 251 or email ellies@acceleris-mc.com

In other news, the London Legacy Development Corporation has vowed to invest £2m in a range of Paralympic legacy projects after the Games end on Sunday (9 September).

Adapted Vehicle Hire helps disabled motorists and carers with their adapted car and mobility needs. We hire out wheelchair accessible vehicles, MPVs and specialist adapted vehicles to help disabled drivers stay on the road. Click here to find out more.