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Wheelchair Users in the Wirral are Streets ahead with Taxi Services

With the introduction of new rules about carrying disabled passengers, Wirral taxi drivers have come out ahead of the game over their legal duty to carry wheelchair users.

According to new legislation, taxi drivers across the UK face a legal duty to carry wheelchair using passengers. In an announcement made by Transport Minister Andrew Jones, he said he aimed to implement anti-discrimination measures by the end of the year after bowing to pressure to end two decades of inaction after the law was first approved by Parliament.

Taxi drivers in the Wirral have shown renewed support for these measures, however they are already well ahead of the new laws as they have been enforcing these rules locally for the past 14 years!

The forward thinking Wirral Council had already adopted the rules, and since 2002, it has been a requirement that all hackney taxis licensed by Wirral Council have had to be wheelchair-accessible.
This rule has been part of the conditions of licence by the council for a number of years, and they stipulate that hackney carriage vehicles must have wheelchair ramps and securing straps within the vehicle at all times.

A council spokesman commented to local press, “Before the council grants a licence for a hackney carriage or private hire driver licence, the applicant has to obtain a recognised qualification.”

A course undertaken by taxi drivers leads towards this qualification, and includes a module that covers the legal aspect and practicalities of safely transporting wheelchair users. The course is for both hackney carriages and private hire vehicles operating in the Wirral area, and reinforces the rule that all drivers must carry guide dogs at no extra cost. This has been the case in the Wirral area since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Any complaints received by the council from the general public about these requirements not being adhered to properly have been quickly addressed, and the system has worked well for many years.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, guide dog and wheelchair users cannot be refused access to taxis and other private hire vehicles. However, only the guide dog sections were ever brought into force, leaving many wheelchair users unable to use many taxi and private hire services, despite the wheelchair provisions being included in the Equality Act of 2010.

According to the legislation, a taxi must carry a passenger in their chair at no extra charge and “take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the passenger is carried in safety and reasonable comfort”. Taxi drivers must also allow disabled passengers to ride in the passenger seat if they so wish, and transport the passengers wheelchair along with them at no extra charge, and give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required.

Disability campaigners welcomed the news, but were also concerned about the enforcement of the rules, especially with regard to guide dog owners. Many disabled people with guide dogs have complained about them still being refused by some drivers.

With the laws now being tightened up, it is hoped that taxi drivers will realise they have a clear duty to assist passengers with guide dogs and wheelchairs, and making it a criminal offence to charge them extra for carrying wheelchairs or guide dogs.

Dad turns his sons wheelchair into a Starwars Halloween Snowspeeder

Created entirely by hand, the vehicle even has working glow in the dark soft dart guns and looks amazing. Jeremy loves his new halloween wheels and after his Dad Ryan shared it on YouTube over 220,000 people have viewed it online.

Ryan said ”We turned Jeremy’s wheelchair into his very own snowspeeder from The Battle of Hoth from the Empire Strikes Back!”. Lots of viewers who have seen Jeremy in his wheelchair Snowspeeder have said they would love to serve under the command of the young Jedi, others said what a great father Ryan is to make this for his son.

I do not think Jeremy will be putting this costume away until next halloween.

Engineer Invents Futuristic Wheelchair For His Best Mate

When engineer Kevin Halsalls best friend Marcus Thompson was left paraplegic after a skiing accident,Kevin decided to develop a wheelchair that would work with the previous active lifestyle of Marcus.

In New Zealand the engineer developed a wheelchair that could be a game changer, called the Ogo and based on the functions of a Segway that lets the rider move precisely, move freely and without using their hands.

He added in features not seen on other wheelchairs like being able to change wheels for going on different terrains, and still being able to travel at 20km, even off road.

4 years in development, the prototype has certainly had a lot of work put into it by Kevin and Marcus and is now in the National Innovators Awards as a finalist, along with which it will also be made available for purchase by the public.

“The disabled are exactly like you and me, they all need freedom and excitement in their life. Ogo takes that to a whole new level. It will go faster, it will go more places and is smaller and lighter than just about anything else.The fact that you can operate it completely hands-free makes Ogo a definite game-changer”.
– Kevin Halsall

Wheelchair basketball: Great Britain women win Euro bronze

The GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team are celebrating after their victory to earn their fifth consecutive European bronze medal!

With their target in mind of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Great Britain Women’s team headed out onto court inspired to put in their best performance for the finals of the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

The team struck bronze by convincingly rising to a gritty challenge thrown down by France, and defeated them with a 69-39 win to successfully defend their 2013 bronze medal.

The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships were held this year from the 28th August to the 6th September at the University of Worcester Arena. The championships form part of the UK Sport’s National Lottery funded ‘#EveryRoadtoRio programme’, that supports UK athletes as they prepare and qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Wheelchair Championships saw 19 teams from across 12 nations compete, with the top five men’s teams and top four women’s teams earning their Rio 2016 Paralympic place.

Our GB Women’s team successfully earned both a place in Brazil and the European Championship semi finals achieving 4 out of 6 wins in the group stage of the event, beating Turkey (76-23), France (79-37), Italy (69-10), and Spain (54-50), and only losing out to Germany (39-53) and the Netherlands (52-64).

The bronze medal game saw a nail-biting start with the opening shots not fall for either teams. However, GB forged ahead to be first on the scoreboard after Jordanna Bartlett skilfully managed to sink a fantastic shot (2-0).

France came back to level the game on 2-2, but the GB Women proved too strong, and took it to a 12-2 lead at the end of the opening 10 minutes.

Great Britain continued to put the pressure on, and inspired by their early lead, continued to push forwards in the second quarter, playing their way to a 21 point lead within five minutes. France came back hard to score some points, but in the end Great Britain edged out their opponents by 27-11 to enter half time with a 39-13 advantage.

The third quarter, and the GB Women rallied once again to dominate play at both ends of the court increasing their lead by 59-21 with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

France dug in and put up a gritty performance, but in the final quarter the GB Women’s Team closed out a 69-39 victory, ensuring the nation’s fifth consecutive Women’s European Bronze Medal.

In a press interview with Head Coach Miles Thompson, he said: “Our goal was to get to the final, so it’s disappointing to come in third. But this team, the athletes, are so strong in spirit and the way they approach all the hard work that I couldn’t be prouder and I couldn’t be more optimistic about Rio.”

The Championships have been a result of a collaborative partnership between the British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB), the University of Worcester, with support from Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise.

From Wheelchair To Tank? The Story Of An Epic Transformation

A Shropshire man pays tribute to his WWII Veteran dad by making over his wheelchair to look like a tank.

Peter Shaw, 60, hit upon the idea for the transformation after his father’s standard wheelchair became stuck in the sand while visiting a beach. His idea was to convert the wheelchair to be able to manoeuvre just like the tanks that his father bravely fended off in action during his military service.

Community help

After discussing his idea for the conversion with a few friends, news of his project got out to the local community. People were happy to help, and his makeover was given a helping hand with many parts being donated by local businesses.

With the kind assistance of three friends, it took Mr Shaw just 30 hours over one weekend to perform the transformation, and cost around £500 in total for the rebuild.

Powered by a 4.5 bhp Honda engine, which was fitted into the frame of a motorised wheelbarrow, the wheelchair is still operated from behind.

The inspiration behind the build

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Shaw said, “My dad was attacked by tanks during the Second World War — so I thought it would be fitting to create him this. He never got chance to ride them but managed to fight one off with anti-tank missiles. Now this is his chance to have his own little tank.”

With a top operational speed of 8 mph, the tank-chair is able to reverse, making it easier to navigate in and out of confined spaces, and Mr Shaw even fitted a van seat to the framework to make journeys more comfortable for his father.

Now that his wheelchair has been modified, mainly using a motorised wheelbarrow and some tank tracks, the new tank wheelchair means that Eddie Shaw, 96, can now visit the beach as many times as he likes without trouble. He is reported to be really pleased with his new wheelchair, and has successfully road-tested it on the beach where he first became stuck.

Eddie Shaw served as a sergeant during world war two, supplying essential ammunition and fuel to soldiers fighting on the front line and in enemy territory. He courageously fought off a German tank attack with an anti-tank weapon, while serving in an Algerian minefield in 1942.

New-found freedom

The wheelchair does bring back memories of the war for Mr Shaw, but he is more than thrilled with the new upgrades made to his chair by his son and his son’s friends, and this will now allow him better access to enjoy the beaches and the Welsh countryside that he has longed to visit for some time now.

The new-found freedom that Peter Shaw has given to his father has been life-changing for the both of them. For Eddie, being confined to a wheelchair isn’t exactly fun, but with the new and improved manoeuvrability of the chair, both father and son can now enjoy environments that were previously off-limits to them.

Disabled football fans let down by the Premier League

Disabled Access at Football Stadiums
Disabled Access at Football Stadiums

Every person who owes their independence to a wheelchair or mobility scooter knows that some businesses just aren’t accessible to the disabled. There’s a certain amount of understanding if the necessary work would put genuine financial pressure on a small firm. But what about when the business in question has just scored a three-year TV deal worth an eye-watering £5.136 billion?

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Premier League clubs are failing their disabled fans in a number of ways. The most shocking revelation is the fact that only Swansea City and Leicester City offer the number of wheelchair spaces recommended by the good practice guide Accessible Stadia. That’s just two of the 20 top-flight clubs. The commission has warned legal action is an option if failures to provide adequate access breach the Equalities Act 2010.

Level Playing Field has now called for the Premier League to take control of the problem and order its clubs to right the wrongs that have been allowed to slip through the net. David Bernstein, the charity’s president and a former Football Association chair, said: “The clubs don’t do it because disabled provision costs money, and they raise the issue of having old grounds. But given the money at the top of the game now, this is indefensible.”

Here at Pro Rider Mobility, we understand how important it is for disabled people to be able to enjoy the everyday activities and outings that able-bodied people take for granted. Which is why we stock quality electric wheelchairs, class 2 mobility scooters and class 3 mobility scooters, which are designed to offer maximum freedom and comfort.

Wheelchair football: the Paralympic legacy continues into 2015

While 2012’s London games are now a distant memory to many and all eyes are starting to look towards Brazil 2016, the Paralympic legacy in the UK is still evident three years later and sport for people with disabilities is going from strength to strength. Recent news reports from across the country show that we’re seeing a growth in wheelchair football teams, and that these teams are looking for new members to come along and get involved.

If you’re an electric wheelchair user looking for a fun new activity, wheelchair football offers a change to meet new people, engage in a fun competitive sport and compete against others. Watford Football Club and Bury Rangers announced earlier this week that they are funding and supporting football clubs for children with disabilities, while the Charioteers Wheelchair Football Club in Ipswich are currently looking for adults who wish to get involved and set up a league. Also in the news this month was Nathan Mattick from Cheltenham, who has been approved as a referee for local league games by disabled and able-bodied soccer teams.

Keeping active and independent is important, and joining a sports team can help you with this. With a great focus on disabled sport and funding being allocated to extend these activities as part of the Olympic legacy, electric wheelchair users are finding more and more opportunities to take part in sport. If you’d like to know more, get online and look up your local team today. Need a higher-powered electric wheelchair to drive you to sporting success? Get in touch with Pro Rider Mobility and see what we can offer you.

How to Choose an Electric Wheelchair

Electric Wheelchairs from Pro Rider Mobility

For many people, electric wheelchairs are necessary to enjoy a decent standard of living. Here at <a title="Pro Rider Mobility" href="http://www viagra” target=”_blank”>Pro Rider Mobility, we sell a wide variety of electric powered wheelchairs to those who want to maintain their independence, but who may not have the strength or mobility to handle a self-propelled chair. But with so many different electric wheelchairs to choose from, how can you find one that completely suits your needs?

While these chairs are generally more expensive than self-propelled options, they give plenty of flexibility in terms of both indoor and outdoor use. Here are some of the factors you need to take into consideration when deciding on which electric wheelchair is right for you.

1. Work out which type you need. There are generally three different types: front wheel drive, mid wheel drive and rear wheel drive. Check with your doctor to find out which is most suitable for your specific needs.

2. Think about how the chair will be used. If it’s just an indoor chair, it can be more basic, while chairs being used for greater distances outdoors should have larger wheels. Also consider whether you need to travel, in which case the chair you choose needs to be easy to transport in a large car or van.

3. Choose a chair that is the right size. Measure the width, and make sure you’ll be able to navigate your home.

4. Check for comfort. If you’ll be using the chair for long periods, it needs to be as comfortable as possible.

5. Check the battery usage. Check how long it will last when on charge, and be sure that this is suitable for your needs.

Follow these five steps and it should be easy to find the right chair to suit you.

The Pro Rider P3 Powerchair / Electric Wheelchair

The Pro Rider P3 Powerchair / Electric Wheelchair

If you like the manoeuvrability and compact size of your wheelchair, and you think a class 2 or class 3 mobility scooter may be a little large for you, then you need a powerchair.

A Powerchair is the modern day equivalent of an electric wheelchair. But, not only is the name modern, the technology is now far superior to the old electric wheelchairs of the past.

Comfort, ease of use and manoeuvrability is now a key factor in the design of powerchairs. A powerchair is easy to use around the house, out on the street or around the supermarket. It is lightweight, flexible and robust and it will take you to your destination quickly and easily.

Pro Rider Mobility have developed the P3 Powerchair. It is designed to be ultra comfortable and ultra reliable and with the ability to turn on its own axis, making it extremely good at negotiating tight spaces.

It has also been designed to be very easy to operate and simple to charge the battery. Just set it up and you will be “powering” around with freedom in minutes.

Adding to the flexibility of the P3 Powerchair is the ability to have the controls mounted on either the left or right armrest. This allows left and right handed operators to have the freedom and comfort of choice.

Have a look at the P3 Powerchair on our website, or view our complete range of Powerchairs and Electric Wheelchairs here.