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10/04/2015

Get Involved!Access Panel Network Logo

If you are interested in joining your local Access Panel, we can put you in touch with them.

Why not check out the new Access Panel Network website, where you can find out what an Access Panel does and where your nearest panel is.  http://accesspanelnetwork.org.uk/

From Scottish Disability Equality Forum e-newsletter Issue 22, April 2015

Changes to Blue European parking badges plus

Added 16/12/2011

Blue badges are changing.

From January next year (2012), you will have to use a new national application form to apply for a new blue badge or renew your old one.

Forms are available from www.fifedirect.org.uk/bluebadge or www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/blue-badge-scheme or by calling 0845155 00 66. You can also apply online at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/blue-badge-scheme

Note from FIDN: You used to get reminding letters when your blue badge was about to need replacing but that is no longer the case. You now have to make sure yourself when your Blue Badge about to expire and apply for a replacement.

1. Current badges remain valid until their expiry dates so badge holders of “old style” badges should continue to use these until their expiry date and should be advised to apply for a new badge around 6 weeks before the expiry date, as they do at present.
New style badges will be issued from January.

Motability Chairman Announces Scheme Changes

Added 11/11/2011

Motability Chairman Announces Scheme Changes

A number of changes to the Scheme have been announced in a statement from Motability’s Chairman, Lord Sterling. Key changes include:

  • A streamlined selection of cars available, up to a maximum Advance Payment of £2,000 (this limit does not apply to wheelchair accessible vehicles)

  • Nominated drivers under 21 will only be permitted where they live with the disabled customer

  • All nominated drivers need to live within five miles of the customer’s home

The changes are designed to ensure that Motability provides clear policies, focused on the needs of the vast majority of customers. They will also help avoid misuse and misrepresentation of the Scheme.
The changes to car selection take place immediately, although Motability will honour all existing orders and commitments. Other changes will take effect from 1 January 2012.
There is no change for existing contracts, or nominated drivers named on current insurance certificates, for the remainder of existing leases.
Read full statement from Motability's Chairman, Lord Sterling

From the Motability`s web site

This image link will take you to Fife Council’s Taxi Concession Scheme Page on the internet

Fife Council’s Taxi Concession Scheme (update March 2011)

I have reapplied for a Taxi Concession Scheme book of Taxi Travel Vouchers for 2011 - 2012. Along with it came some information which inclued a list of operators who have agreed voluntarily to participate in the Taxi Concession Scheme.

I have copied the information from it onto a word document and a PDF document.

To open the MS Word Document "Click Here"

To open the PDF Document "Click Here"

The button to the Left will take you the Fife Council’s Taxi Concession Scheme webpage or "Click Here"

This image link will take you to the TAXI CENTRAL LTD - New text booking service available website TAXI CENTRAL LTD  - New text booking service available
Safe reliable & secure
Vehicle Make, Model & Registration texted to your phone when car on the way, also on arrival
Track your taxi’s progress on your phone
For free  registration and details log on to
www.taxicentral.co.uk/textbooker
01592 20 30 40
Fife Council - fines to be issued for misusing disabled bays

Fife Council - Fines to be issued for `misusing` disabled bays

Fife Council will be making all disabled persons' parking places in public roads and public car parks legally enforceable.

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AWC grew out of a voluntary activities club for young wheelchair users. Over 20 years later we still provide practical training for young wheelchair–users: training designed to enable independence and to help ensure the young people are able to reach their full potential. The charity’s successes include Ade Adepitan MBE, the TV and wheelchair basketball star, who is now a patron of AWC. Future 2012 Paralympic hopefuls Tom Brown and Dan Lucker have also benefited from our unique skills training.
Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009, Comes into force 1st October 2009

Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009, Comes into force 1st October 2009

The Act will lead to all disabled street parking places becoming enforceable

This image link will take you ro an article on Scotland-wide card to alert bus drivers to passengers needing extra help.

DISABILITY campaigners have called for there introduction of a Scotland-wide card to alert bus drivers to passengers needing extra help.

Are you aware there is a pedestrian zone in operation within the High Street area in Dunfermline

What are the Parking restrictions within the pedestrian zone in operation within the High Street area in Dunfermline

We have an article called `Parking Restrictions within the pedestrian zone in operation within the High Street area in Dunfermline` on our Accessible Transportation page. We have had word from the author of the article (Mr Scott Blyth) saying he has an update to it, so we have replaced the prevous article with the new one.

"Access and one way restrictions are in place on Pilmuir Street from Queen Anne Street to High Street, Dunfermline High Street and Guildhall Street. No vehicle is permitted to access any of these roads at any time on any day unless they meet the requirements for the exceptions. Entry is only possible via Queen Ann Street into High Street, exiting either west or east along High Street or down Guildhall Street.....

To view more and to view a plan which indicated the available parking for blue badge holders within Dunfermline, car parks with disabled bays and also an indication of the High Street restrictions along with the one way sections, this is a pdf document.

Disabled Persons Railcard.

Disabled Persons Railcard

This link will take you to The National Rail website on information for Disabled Passengers

The below link will take you to the National Rail website on information for Disabled Passengers

National Rail Website on Information fo Disabled Passengers

Bus help for hard of hearing

Bus help for hard of hearing
A KIRKCALDY man has joined forces with bus giants Stagecoach to help hard of hearing travellers enjoy more pleasant journeys. Jack Carr, of Fife Independent Disability Network Disability Network (FIDN), spearheads a scheme which will allow sensory impaired bus users to ask drivers for help, without drawing attention to their disability.

An Accident Not Always

We all know that driving on Britain’s busy roads can be a risky business.
Because of this, you are a careful driver and don’t take unnecessary risks.
You love your Motability car and the freedom it provides. But watch out!
There is a new danger on our roads; dishonest people who will deliberately cause an accident to collect the insurance money.

Stagecoach On Disability Making your Journey Easier

How we can help
We aim to offer a consistently high standard of service to our customers and ensure that as many people as possible are able to make use of our services. We hope this information will assist those with disabilities to use our services with confidence.

 Some Wheelchair Accessible Taxi's in Dunfermline

Some Wheelchair Accessible Taxi's in Dunfermline

A & S Taxis
2, Howe Ness, Rosyth, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 2DP
Tel: 01383 729999  
Wheelchair accessible take`s Taxicards

Canmore Cabs
3, Afton Grove, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 4LE
Tel: 01383 622266  
Wheelchair accessible has applied for taxi-card

 

This image link will take you to information the New Ring & Ride Service in Dunfermline

Ring & Ride is a service offering door to door travel, operating within a defined area, for those who find it difficult or impossible to use ordinary buses. This difficulty can be permanent or temporary, physical, mental or sensory. Travel in the Dunfermline area can be anytime between 8.00am and 10.00pm.

This image link will take you to information on Bus Stop Codes in Fife Nov 2005 from Fife Council

Bus Stop Codes in Fife November 2005 from Fife Council. These are here to help along with the txttraveline

This image link will take you to information on Bus Stop Codes in Fife Nov 2005 from Fife Council

txt2traveline is a mobile phone texting service which allows you get bus times sent to you for any bus stop you choose.
The service covers all bus companies and is a partnership between Fife Council and Traveline Scotland. You can get the bus times for ANY bus stop in Fife.

This image link will take you to information on Mobility scooters - what you need to know, from the DVLA

Mobility scooters - what you need to know, from the DVLA
Do I need to register my invalid carriage?
Under the Use of Invalid Carriages on the Highways Regulations 1988 invalid carriages are separated into 3 categories.

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