Minister for Disabled visits Allied

Minister for Disabled visits Allied

Anne McGuire MP visited Allied Vehicles manufacturing plant in Glasgow just ahead of being reconfirmed in her post of Minister for Disabled People, in Gordon Brown’s new administration.

Allied is one of the UK’s leading vehicle manufacturing and adaptation specialists and supplier of wheelchair accessible vehicles.  The company supplies vehicles for individual customers under the Motability Scheme as well as marketing to the taxi industry.

After meeting with chairman Gerry Facenna and managing director Paul Nelson, Anne McGuire took a tour of the Possil Park site and saw some of the latest innovations in accessible vehicles for disabled people.

Among them was the recently launched New E7 taxi, manufactured jointly by Allied and Peugeot, which offers a range of features designed to assist people with a variety of disabilities, including enhanced wheelchair access.

Speaking after her tour Anne McGuire said:
“It is right that disabled people should expect to enjoy the same access to goods and services as everyone else.

“I welcomed the chance to come to Allied Vehicles and see the range of vehicles and adaptations they can provide to meet people’s personal transport needs.

“The new E7 taxi also impressed me – and I was pleased to hear that feedback from disabled people and disability organisations influenced its design.”

Allied Vehicles’ chairman Gerry Facenna said:
“Our aim is to create a range of accessible vehicles that offer improved safety, comfort and affordability for disabled people, together with fellow able-bodied passengers.

“I’m delighted that the Minister was able to see at first hand how, by enhancing access to both private and public forms of transport, our innovative products have helped open new doors for tens of thousands of disabled people across the UK.”

For further information on the Peugeot E7 wheelchair accessible taxi call free on 0800 916 3019, email or click here.

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