HC Deb 06 July 1989 vol 156 c256W
Mr. Hannam

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people attended the Mobility roadshow; how many motor manufacturers exhibited at the Mobility roadshow; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The fourth Mobility roadshow, organised by the Department of Transport, took place over three days last month at the Department's Transport and Road Research Laboratory in Berkshire. It was attended by about 20,000 people, the majority of whom were disabled.

Eleven major motor manufacturers exhibited the latest models of standard production cars suitable for adaptation for disabled people. Nearly 4,000 test drives were taken in adapted cars on the laboratory's private road system.

Among the show's other 140 exhibitors were manufacturers of buses, minibuses, vans, vehicle lifts, hand control equipment, wheelchairs and small powered vehicles and many other products, as well as a range of organisations offering services and advice to people with disabilities.

Plans are in hand for the fifth show to be held in the summer of 1991.