The Mobility Roadshow has cited falling exhibitor numbers over recent years and the growth of the Motability One Big Day and other free-to-exhibit events, as the main reasons for its closure.
The show has been providing opportunities for disabled and older people to find out about driving and other mobility options since 1983, but will now cease to run after the board of the charity, Mobility Choice, decided it was no longer viable.
But Mobility Choice is currently 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.
Ann Frye, chair of Mobility Choice, stressed that 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.
She said: “We are immensely sad that we have to close the event. 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.
“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.”