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Disabled Persons (Vehicles)

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the Peterborough and District Disabled Drivers Club concerning the issue of a batricar in lieu of an electric invacar to disabled persons; what reply he has given; and if he will make a statement.

Representations were received from the Peterborough and District Disabled Drivers' Club on 28th February and 21st March 1977, in support of the requests for the supply of Batricars to two members of the club, both of whom had been issued with electrically propelled three-wheeler vehicles. The reply stated that it was not the intention to issue these vehicles. As my hon. Friend is aware, recent legislation will enable users of tricycles supplied under the former vehicle scheme to switch to a no-age-limit mobility allowance. This will be £7 a week from November, which I am advised compares favourably with the cost of obtaining such a wheelchair.