Disabled drivers

Disabled drivers

Disabled drivers- Ban on Petrol and Diesel cars will impact Disabled drivers

As many of my readers know, my wife Michelle has been diagnosed with having MND!  (Motor neuron disease). Her condition has become gradually worse, requiring her to have full use of a wheelchair.

My dear wife has now sadly passed away due to this horrific illness, MND.

Because of this, I had to look for another vehicle with wheelchair access. I found a friendly company in Lancashire and bought a Citroen Berlingo that was specially converted to take Michelle’s wheelchair.

A diesel engine powers this van. I then began to wonder about the millions of wheelchair users who were in a similar predicament as we were. Having to use a special vehicle powered by petrol or diesel. As we all know, the UK government is planning to ban selling new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.

As a 75 year old!

All that I have heard in the past 10 years is that we must clean up the air that we breathe. This is good for the planet. However, at what cost is this goal achievable!I am now 75 years old and have lived in the industrial area of West Yorkshire all my life. There are many people of my age who will remember the fog that we had to suffer in my childhood days. We were constantly blowing our noses to clear the black soot deposits due to the smog and fog.

Those days went years ago as we gradually cleaned up the air quality to what it is today!

In my opinion, it is just politicians jumping on the bandwagon and making a complete mess of things. However, we need them to look at how it could impact the community of Disabled people.

Research shows

In fact, disabled motorists are not even aware of the coming changes that will undoubtedly effect their ability to get out and about. Certainly, not ready for any changes to electric vehicles. Many disabled drivers think it won’t affect them, including the fact that an electric vehicle is not suitable for their needs.

Disabled cars provide freedom

Since we bought our mobility vehicle, we have once again been able to visit our local Italian restaurant here in Mirfield. For many other Disabled drivers their cars provide freedom, mobility, and help to make things more equal.

Disabled drivers are familiar with their local petrol stations and know how to fuel up efficiently. Many electric vehicle charging points are currently inaccessible.

Disability rights will be blown away overnight. At the moment, the battery that drives electric cars sits at the back to help drive the wheels. These giant batteries will not be affordable. Disability vehicle are cut away to lower the floor for wheelchair access.

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The vehicles that we use now will be wiped out overnight

So, leaving millions of disabled drivers and carers with nowhere to go! Including myself and my wife. Another downside is that there is not enough space for wheelchair users around the charge point, and these have heavy cables. By 2030, it is estimated that 40% of households will not have the access at their homes to have a charging point put in.

The government needs to rethink the total strategy of this unachievable goal. Hence, consulting Disabled people about the change to electric vehicles so that it does not stop their ability to travel freely by car.

So it’s important to know that disabled drivers depend on their cars to get around, be independent, and get to work, school, and social events. According to the charity Disabled Motoring UK, over 100,000 disabled people in the UK rely on adapted petrol or diesel cars, which are not yet available in electric or alternative fuel versions. These changes can be anything from wheelchair ramps and hoists to changes to the hand controls and pedals that make it easier for disabled people to drive.

MP, s must fight against these preposterous 2030 targets

MP, s must see that the ban on petrol and diesel in 2030 is a big problem for disabled drivers. At this short notice will find it hard to find good replacements for their petrol or diesel cars. Many disabled drivers live in special housing schemes and may not be able to drive an electric car. Simply because there aren’t enough charging stations.

In their wisdom, the UK government has set up a grant programme to help disabled drivers. Hopefully, this will cover the cost of making changes to their cars so they can use alternative fuels.

The programme gives up to £7,000 to help pay for changing a car to run on LPG, hydrogen, or electricity. Also, the government is putting money into expanding the network of charging points in the UK. Charging points are a joke when it comes to the Victorian infrastructure of our northern towns.

People will be fighting to charge up their cars

Fitted to the millions of street dwellings that make up the UK,s housing. Halifax, in the UK is a great example. The housing is made up of old Victorian street layouts. How can we be expected to believe that every home will have an electric charging point!

People will be breaking their necks and tripping over them on a dark winter night as all the residents plug the cars into the grid. A disabled driver would have no chance of carrying out this difficult task every night.

The whole idea of the 2030 petrol and diesel ban should be scrapped. Other large industrial countries are changing their minds, including Germany. I am sending a copy of this post to my local MP to get his reaction.

This government is forcing things on us that we do not want and indeed never voted for. Britain is a clean air country with fresh and windy westerlies coming off the Atlantic Ocean most of the year.

eric roberts
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