Category: Transport

Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

There has been recent discussion on what appropriate penalties should be for people using blue parking badges fraudulently. But, argues Helen Dolphin, the answer lies in policing and enforcement rather than stronger punishment. At the start of the year the Department for Transport (DfT) released figures which showed that in 2014-15 legal action had been … Continue reading Portsmouth’s victory on blue badge abuse

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

It’s a classic image from the movies. Person in a hurry cries “Taxi!” and one comes skidding to a halt. But for many disabled would-be passengers it’s a prospect that falls far short of reality but which, Helen Dolphin says, is about to come a step nearer. With less than a quarter of London underground … Continue reading Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Highwayman Dick Turpin once famously preyed on travellers crossing Hounslow Heath. But now wheelchair user Ray Bellisario has found new danger on the town’s highways. It's a narrow winding road in suburban Hounslow on which cars, buses and rushing delivery vans whizz by. You are in a wheelchair wanting to get to Asda or any … Continue reading No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Helen Dolphin takes to the beach to test a new and revolutionary mobility vehicle developed by disabled users. Since becoming disabled (just under 20 years ago) I’ve tested many different types of wheelchairs and scooters. Some have had three wheels, lots have had four, a few have had five and some have even had caterpillar … Continue reading Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

App could bring more forecourt freedom

App could bring more forecourt freedom

A disabled man has invented a smartphone app which aims to make getting assistance at petrol stations less of a lottery for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, reports Helen Dolphin. Thanks to many developments in driving adaptations there are now many severely disabled people able to drive. However, the question of how you put … Continue reading App could bring more forecourt freedom