The UK Government are planning to ban selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. This is good for the planet but we need them to look at how it could impact on the community of Disabled people. Research shows that Disabled motorists are not aware of the coming changes and not ready for the change to electric vehicles. Many think it won’t affect them and that an electric vehicle is not suitable for their needs.
For many Disabled drivers their cars provide freedom, mobility and help to make things fairer. Disabled drivers are familiar with their local petrol stations and work out how to fuel up efficiently. Many electric vehicle charging points are currently inaccessible. There is not enough space for wheelchair users around the charge point and the have heavy cables. 40% of households will not have the access at their homes to have a charging point put in.
The government needs to consult Disabled people about the change to electric vehicles so that it does not stop their ability to travel freely by car. They also need to make public transport and pavements accessible.
Dan White, DR UK Policy and Campaigns Officer, said:
“We would also like to see manufacturers and conversion companies work together, so that workable and inclusive environmental solutions can be found to all issues around EV and the Disabled community”
Disabled motoring UK are researching the issue and want survey participants. To help please visit: https://www.disabledmotoring.org/campaigns/access-to-ev
For more information on barriers Disabled people face using electric vehicles visit: https://www.motability.org.uk/impact-and-innovation/innovation/electric-vehicle-project/