Greetings fellow members. I am making this ernest request for some of you to decide to join the committee. You will be assisting the five stalwarts who are doing their utmost to keep the group viable and in business. Please don't rest up and expect others to volunteer, put yourself forward to help keep the group alive. Failure will quickly lead us towards, that terrible location which goes under the name of OBLIVION - (Treasurer)

The Disabled Ramblers exists to help mobility-challenged people get back out into the countryside.  Able-bodied helpers are welcome to support members and to help with loading scooters and other jobs.

We ramble in all weathers and over a variety of terrain. Our rambles are graded according to difficulty. Some are suitable for shopping buggies and power chairs whilst others need large scooters capable of travelling over rough ground.

We spend a lot of time researching routes and working with the authorities to improve access. Many of our rambles are accompanied by staff from the area.  This adds to our enjoyment of the ramble through their local knowledge and the extra security they can often provide.

About 30 rambles are run each year across England and Wales – mostly from March to October.

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With a Blue Badge you can:

•    park for up to three hours on a single or double yellow line as long as there are no loading restrictions. The clock on the badge must be set to show your time of arrival. 

•    park without time limit at a pay and display parking bay (free of charge) and, without time limit on a designated on-street accessible bay.

•    park on resident parking permit bays without a time limit. 

The badge can only be used where the holder is a passenger to or from the parking location.   

You can also use your Blue Badge throughout the European Union, although the terms may vary between countries.  Check EU Blue Badge rules before you go. 

If you move out of Manchester you can still use the badge until it expires.  When your badge needs renewing you should contact the Council where you now live.

You should not hold more than one blue badge at any given time or share your blue badge.


A large number of high street stores are still not accessible to disabled people. Earlier this year the disability charity, DisabledGo, looked into the accessibility of 1,295 fashion retailers in high streets across the UK. The charity discovered that just under a quarter (23%) are failing to provide access to wheelchair users and only 38% of the stores examined were able to state that they provided staff with some form of disability awareness training.

The latest statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that the collective spending power of disabled people, in other words the value of the ‘purple pound’, has reached £249billion. Anna Nelson, from DisabledGo, said: “You would think that this together with the legal obligations for every retailer to make reasonable adjustments would have been a catalyst for change.       

The Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt, commented: “Our shop windows, magazine pages and catwalks should reflect the diversity of our society, and I want to see businesses making a real effort to be open to everyone. That's why this week I've announced new champions to address the issues faced by disabled consumers, from buying clothes to travelling abroad. They'll highlight the importance of being inclusive, whilst tapping into the £249bn spending power of disabled consumers."

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Latest prices for Motability

1st January 2017

Every three months, we renegotiate our prices with manufacturers so that we can offer you a choice of vehicles that are both affordable and suitable for your needs.

Cars that cost less than your mobility allowance:

There are around 150 cars that cost less than your mobility allowance, giving you money back to spend as you wish. The amount you pay is fixed during your lease and the remainder is paid directly to you by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Nissan Juke Acenta 1.6 where you keep £0.70 per week

Fiat Tipo Easy 1.4 where you keep £0.70 per week

Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance:

There are around 400 cars that cost the same as your allowance, which means you swap the whole of your weekly mobility allowance for the car of your choice. There is no Advance Payment on these models. These cars will display the words ‘Total Allowance’ on the specifications page for weekly rental amount on the Car Search tool .

Vauxhall Mokka X Active 1.6 with front and rear parking sensors

Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav 1.5dCi with hands free keycard

Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance and have an Advance Payment:

You can increase your choice further by paying a one-off, non-refundable upfront payment which we call an Advance Payment. The Advance Payment covers the cost between your higher rate mobility allowance and the total cost of your lease.

From £199 Advance Payment, Seat Ateca S 1.0TSI with hill start assist

From £299 Advance Payment, Volvo V40 Cross Country T3 with electronic climate control

Many MOT Failures Caused by Defective Tyres

 A Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request submitted by the car insurance comparison site,, revealed that a total of 2.5million vehicles failed their MOTs last year because of poor tyre condition. In 2016 the police in England and Wales fined 9,000 drivers for having faulty tyres.

Drivers must have 1.6mm of tread on their tyres and those who are caught driving around with less than this could be fined £2,500 and receive three penalty points on their licence for every faulty tyre. Out of all the drivers that were caught with faulty tyres last year, 34% did not get their tyres changed straight away because they didn’t have the time, while just under a quarter (24%) said they couldn’t afford to buy new tyres, and 23% said they were driving on defective tyres because they were waiting for their car to be booked into the garage.

Amanda Stratton,’s Motoring Editor, commented: “It’s pretty shocking to find out that 2.5 million drivers have failed their MOTs as a result of not checking their tyres regularly. We understand that arranging to have your tyres changed seems like a hassle, and we know some drivers are concerned about how big a hole it’s going to burn in their pockets. But motorists need to ask themselves if it’s really worth risking three points on their licence and enormous fines of up to £2,500 per tyre.”


Use this form to apply for H bar road markings outside your home.

H bar markings are white lines that are marked on the road in-front of access areas. The lines highlight to other road users that they shouldn't block access to off-road parking areas such as driveways and garages.

The cost of H bar markings is £246 including VAT. You may incur additional costs to remove any obstructions.

Once you have submitted your application an officer will assess, if approved payment will be required before the work is started.

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