The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (RICA) is a national independent consumer research charity providing free, practical and unbiased reports for older and disabled people.
New Rica guide gives an overview of travel by bus, coach, ferry, taxi, train, tram or plane with information about access, journey planning, concessions, assistance, announcements and communication, accessible facilities and how to report back or complain.
In this guide, they identify the issues affecting disabled children and their families when choosing a car, look at the relevant features on cars that can be useful and specialist equipment and accessories available.
Mobility Scooter Users
Online they have information about smaller mobility scooter models that can now be taken on low-floor buses and the permit schemes that have been developed across the UK.
Rica motoring guides – available free in print and online – are called:
- Choosing a car
- Car controls
- Getting a wheelchair into a car
- Getting in and out of a car
- Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs)
- Electric wheelchair/scooter guide
Mobility address list has all the UK car adaptation companies and their services.
The following booklets for people with specific conditions were researched with partner disability organisations:
- Motoring after amputation
- Motoring after brain injury
- Motoring after a stroke
- Motoring with arthritis
- Motoring with cerebral palsy
- Motoring with multiple sclerosis
- Motoring with restricted growth.
For people buying a car to meet specific needs the Rica online car database has car measurements of over 900 car models. To find a car that is easiest to get in/out of, that you can transfer into from your wheelchair or mobility scooter, or is best for stowing a wheelchair or other equipment in the boot, then this can help you draw up a shortlist of cars.
You can order any of their guides from them, or you can download a PDF and print it out at home.
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