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Launch of “Drive from Wheelchair” vehicles for new UK-wide assessment service

Added: (Fri Oct 27 2006)

Pressbox (Press Release) - People with a mobility impairment who require a complex vehicle that allows them to drive from their wheelchair will now be able to access a new UK- wide assessment and tuition service operated by the Forum of Mobility Centres.

Two new, top of the range, Chrysler Voyager vehicles have been specially adapted to allow independent access by a wheelchair user, who can then drive without transferring to another seat. They will be launched in Derby on Tuesday 31st October. These vehicles will be trialled by seven Centres then shared, on a published rota, by the 18 Mobility and Driver Assessment Centres within the UK.

Ed Passant, Chief Executive of the Forum of Mobility Centres said “This is a unique development that will allow people who can’t transfer independently to a driving seat to undertake a driving assessment. These vehicles will also be available for tuition – a service that is vital when you consider that these types of vehicles can cost well in excess of £50,000. Until now, people have been faced with paying vast sums of money for a vehicle without really knowing whether it will meet their needs. Now they can access independent professional support before they buy. Personal mobility is absolutely vital if people are to play a full role in the life and work of their community and this is a real advance in the quality of service that is available to people with a mobility impairment.”

For more information contact:

Ed Passant on 01233 730805 or 07973 640597 (mobile)
ed.passant@virgin.net

Note to Editors:

The Forum of Mobility Centres is a charitable network of 18 independent organisations covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing personal assessments and useful information on a range of services to individuals who have a mobility impairment that affects their ability to drive or get in and out of a vehicle.


LAUNCH DETAILS

The launch, which takes place at a day long event involving representatives of all the Mobility Centres in the UK and other stakeholders including the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, will be at:

The Masonic Hall/Grange Banqueting Suite, 457, Burton Road,
Littleover, Derby DE23 6FL

Tuesday 31st October 2006, at 2.10pm

Ed Passant, (Chief Executive) and assessment professionals from all UK Mobility Centres including, Alex Barr (a wheelchair user who runs the North Wales Mobility and Driving Assessment Centre and was a major influence in the creation of this new service) will be available from 1.20 pm.


Pictures of the launch, in high resolution jpeg format can be supplied - contact:

Ed Passant on 01233 730805 or 07973 640597 (mobile)
ed.passant@virgin.net


Submitted by:Ed Passant
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