DRIVING Mobility’s RDAC Solihull Driving Assessment Centre last week welcomed Minister for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris.
Supported by The Department for Transport (DfT), the national charity Driving Mobility oversees a network of centres across the UK and provides a range of driving and mobility assessment services so those with restricted mobility can gain or retain independence.
Service users can self-refer or are signposted to centres, such as those operated by RDAC, from the DVLA, Motability, NHS and the Police. Their main ‘fitness to drive’ assessments are complemented by additional services including mobility scooter assessments and advice on using accessible public transport – all focused on facilitating inclusion and reducing social isolation.
Stephen Dent, head of assessments and education at RDAC showed the minister a variety of accessible and adapted vehicles whilst giving him an overview of driving adaptations, vehicle access solutions and drive-from-wheelchair options.
This was then followed by demonstrations from RDAC’s Clare Jones, who showcased paediatric assessment equipment that enables disabled children and families to achieve a better quality of life.
Solutions included specialist car seats, innovative paediatric powered wheelchairs and the TryB4UFly service which provides advice on air travel with a disability.
Mr Heaton-Harris said: “Disability should never be a barrier to independence, and it was a pleasure to see and support the vital work being done at RDAC.
“Visiting the centre underlined to me how important it is that our transport network is truly accessible, ensuring everyone can travel with confidence again following the pandemic.”
For more information visit: www.drivingmobility.org.uk