The Mobility Roadshow Closes after 34 years
Fri, 13 Oct 2017
The Mobility Roadshow, an event which has been providing opportunities for disabled and older people to find out about driving and other mobility options since 1983, has announced it is to close.
Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, commented: "Over the years, many thousands of disabled and older people have benefitted from the Mobility Roadshow, in particular from the ability to test drive a wide range of adapted vehicles in a safe off-road environment. For many, this has been the starting point on the road to independent mobility.”
Following falling exhibitor numbers over recent years, the Board of the Charity, Mobility Choice – which has run the event since 1998 – took the decision to close the show.
"We are immensely sad that we have to close the event,” continued Ann. "We still believe that there are many disabled and older people, outside the remit of Motability, who need the unique opportunity we offered to find out if they are able to begin driving.”
Citing the growth of alternative events, such as the Motability One Big Day, which many of the Mobility Roadshow’s exhibitors can attend for free of charge as impacting significantly on the viability of the show.
The Charity is now looking into possible collaborations with other organisations to deliver locally focused events.
Ann explained: "We are in discussion with Driving Mobility, the charity representing the UK’s mobility centres, and with Disability Driving Instructors, about opportunities for them to organise local events under our "Get Going Live!” banner which focusses on driving opportunities for young and newly disabled people.”
She finished: "We would like to say that we are enormously grateful to Motability for their generous sponsorship of the Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! events over the years, both in terms of financial support and the provision of vehicles for adapted test drives.”