Telford to Host National Mobility Event

The road system around the centre of Telford will be hosting a unique experience for visitors to the annual Mobility Roadshow when it makes its Telford debut at the end of June (Telford International Centre 27th-29th).

For the first time in the history of this popular event, the rare opportunity it offers people with disabilities to test drive pre-adapted vehicles will take place on public roads.

“We have received excellent guidance and support from the venue, Telford & Wrekin Council through its dedicated convention bureau, and local police, enabling us to provide for the first time a more authentic driving experience,” commented Jacqui Jones, Chief Executive of Mobility Choice, the charity that organises the event.

The Mobility Roadshow was the first event to offer opportunities to test drive production model vehicles with a variety of adaptations; enabling what for some disabled people is a unique opportunity to ‘try before you buy’.

“We are delighted that the Roadshow has chosen Telford and the TIC for its return to the Midlands after some years and especially for its special 30th anniversary,” said Sarah Bird, Business Tourism Manager of Meet Telford & Shropshire, part of Telford and Wrekin Council. “This is a fantastic opportunity for local visitors to catch up with all the latest innovations in vehicle adaptations and mobility motoring right on their doorstep. We are looking forward to welcoming the thousands of new and regular Roadshow followers who will be visiting Telford from across the UK and beyond to attend this event, and are really excited about having this opportunity to showcase just what we have to offer within our thriving convention capital.”

There will be a wide range of adapted vehicles available to test drive, accompanied at all times by a professional driver. This feature is for full licence holders only. Provisional licence holders and others planning for an adapted vehicle can experience the Autoadapt Driver Test Station to see how quickly they are able to apply force and react swiftly to changing road conditions and potential hazards, as well as get an idea of the best adaptations for their special needs. In addition there will be a wealth of advice available from the country’s leading conversion and adaptation specialists.

As well as mobility motoring, over 150 exhibitors (from our region and all over the UK) will be showcasing their latest aids to independence. Interactive disability sports will be a main feature, as will the Design Zone, where budding entrepreneurs have the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on product ideas and concepts and visitors have the chance to influence the design of future mobility products by voting for their favourites.

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Rosemary Vaux at Mobility Roadshow press office
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