New Measures to Ensure Motoring is Easier for Drivers with Disabilities
Europe, Transportation, September 23 2020
New measures designed to help the five percent of drivers with a disability include guides to motorway service areas with 360-degree images.
Highways England plans to make it easier for disabled motorists to use UK motorways and A-roads. More than 100 service areas will be assessed on the accessibility of parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops and restaurants. Watford Gap motorway service area has already been assessed and the plan is to launch 113 Virtual Access Guides on England’s motorway service areas in early 2021.
The guides will include 360-degree imagery so disabled motorists can see in advance the route to facilities such as accessible toilets. The initiative is part of a collaboration between Highways England and the AccessAble app, which gives disabled motorists information on thousands of venues across the UK and Ireland.
AccessAble director David Livermore called it a “groundbreaking initiative”. He explained: “This project will not only give people all the information they need to plan a trip but also support Highways England and Motorway Service Operations to see how facilities could be improved in the future.”
The access guides will be available free of charge both via the AccessAble app and on the Access Able website.