Mobility Networks successfully launches new ‘Flexi’ range of accessible vehicle solutions at Silverstone Mobility Roadshow


Mobility Networks, the world-leading specialist in access solutions for vehicles, has successfully unveiled its new FlexiStep, FlexiWinch and Flexis Ramp at The Mobility Roadshow (26-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).


Mobility Networks is a proven global specialist in wheelchair lifts, ramps and other wide-ranging accessibility products for passenger vehicles ranging from buses and coaches through to accessible taxis and domestic WAVs. Established by Mike Simmonds, a highly respected international entrepreneur, this trusted network provides a single source for all the latest accessible transport innovations from around the world. PLS (Passenger Lift Services), a Mobility Networks company, is a market-leading manufacturer of inboard and cassette wheelchair lifts and supported the new ‘Flexi’ product launches by providing product experts throughout the show. Other manufacturers affiliated to Mobility Networks also showcased their innovative products at Silverstone including Italy’s Autolift and RB Systems from Israel. Autolift demonstrated its ultra-slim and lightweight F6 side-access wheelchair lift and RB Systems showcased its cutting-edge adapted secondary driving controls.


The Flexi products launched at The Mobility Roadshow included:

  • NEW FlexisRamp – a lightweight aluminum vehicle access ramp that delivers world-class performance, reliability and durability
  • NEW FlexiWinch – a reliable and safe powered winch to assist with loading of a wheelchair passenger into a vehicle via a rear access ramp
  • NEW FlexiStep – This static, manual or powered step provides a strong and safe platform for easier access into a side or rear van/mini-bus doorway – includes optional LED edge lighting
  • FlexiRail – significantly lighter than traditional aluminum systems, this world-class rail flooring solution provides flexible securement of wheelchairs and removable vehicle seating.


The Mobility Roadshow was held at the prestigious Silverstone circuit for the first time in its 33-year history and Mobility Networks was proud to support the event as Gold sponsor. Mike Simmonds firmly believes the show is vital for disabled drivers of all ages so they can achieve independence and lead as full a life as possible. Without the unique test-drive opportunities the Mobility Roadshow provides, many drivers with disabilities would not discover the ideal accessible vehicle for their needs. During the event the Mobility Networks team was delighted to welcome VIP and official show opener Lamin Manneh onto the stand. Lamin is an injured ex-Irish Guard who appeared on the DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s’ Special and has recently won two bronze medals at the Invictus Games. He demonstrated a keen interest in the various products on display and spent time discussing the wide-ranging access solutions that Mobility Networks provides.


Mike comments: “Mobility Networks supplies to trade customers however I believe that supporting this consumer show is critical for disabled people seeking independence through assisted driving. The Roadshow gives us an invaluable insight into the needs of the end user and a chance to network with international colleagues and other members of the EMG who always visit the show. I am delighted that our multiple Flexi product launch generated high footfall onto our stand and I would like to thank Autolift and RB Systems for jointly exhibiting with us at Silverstone. Invictus Games Athlete Lamin was a real pleasure to met and on behalf of the Mobility Networks team, we wish him well with his continued rehabilitation and training.”

Introducing Mobility Networks' new FlexiStep

Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO, introducing Mobility Networks’ new FlexiStep to Invictus Games athlete Lamin Manneh

The Alternative Mobility Scooter Grand Prix at Silverstone Race Circuit (FUNNY!)


Check out this funny, alternative mobility scooter grand prix at Silverstone Race Circuit featuring the TGA team.

Are these the fastest mobility scooters to ever take to the Silverstone circuit, at a whopping 8mph?

Is this Top Gear or Reverse Gear?

Check out Sir ‘Gathering’ Moss at full throttle…and place your bets on who will finish first!


Etac R82 Product Showcase and Interactive Seminars Popular at “Kidz to Adultz South”

R82 UK Seminar at Kidz to AdultzEtac R82, supplier of specialist assistive equipment for disabled children and adults, generated a lot of interest when it showcased new products including the recently acquired Convaid brand and the new Flamingo High Low toilet and shower seat. It also hosted well-attended education seminars at Kidz to Adultz South (09.06.16, Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading).

Etac R82 supplies R82, Etac, Molift, Immedia and now Convaid brands. Highly regarded by families and healthcare professionals, Etac R82’s assistive products include standing, walking, toileting, transfer and bathing aids along with adapted wheelchairs and buggies.

At the popular Etac R82 stand, adults and children participated in hands-on demonstrations of an impressive range of specialist, paediatric and rehabilitation products. Visitors were able to compare and contrast R82’s new Convaid assistive buggies including the lightweight Cruiser, Rodeo and compact Scout wheelchair buggy – ideal for multi-terrain surfaces.

From R82’s toileting and bathing range, the new height-adjustable Flamingo High Low with back recline was particularly well received, as was the multi-functioning Heron.

The friendly Etac R82 team also demonstrated the Gazelle and Rabbit standing frames, Mustang and Crocodile walking aids and showcased the world-class x:panda seating system. Read more…..

Gemini hi-lo adjustable bath demonstration at Kidz-to-Adultz South 2016

For bathers needing specialist care, the Gemini bath is a fully height adjustable bath that comes with an integrated variable-height platform to assist with bathing, drying and changing. The Gemini has a compact bath footprint and fits in the space of a traditional size bath, making it ideal for residential installation.

Bathers sit on the platform and the bath is then raised, gently immersing them in a relaxing bath. The bath and the bather can then be raised to a comfortable working height for the carer.

After bathing, the platform becomes a drying and changing table, avoiding a wet transfer out of the bath. In fact, an overall benefit of the Gemini is that it significantly reduces the number of transfers required – making the bathing experience less tiring, safer and more pleasurable for bathers and carers alike.

Successful Racing Driver Continues Motorsport Independently With New TGA Minimo Mobility Scooter

Maxine Nicholls, 34 from Buntingford, Hertfordshire, is a successful racing driver with a disability who can continue independently entering motorsport events thanks to a new TGA Minimo mobility scooter.
4mph maybe a lot slower than she is used to, however without her new folding TGA scooter Maxine would be dependent on others to attend race meets. Maxine lives with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), which is a genetic condition that damages peripheral nerves. This results in difficulties with walking and other co-ordination issues however Maxine continues to be focused and determined and has recently qualified to be a driver instructor.

Outside of work she is the only lady to race in the Toyota MR2 championship and regularly competes against her brother and father. New to racing in 2014, Maxine proudly won the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers Club) “Newcomer of the Year Award” in 2015 and now continues to build up her racing reputation. She recently volunteered at The Silverstone Mobility Roadshow as an official event Ambassador and was able to demonstrate to visitors why her white car-boot Minimo scooter is so important.

Maxine says: “CMT affects me on a daily basis read more….

Disabled Dynamic Duo Help Local Community Driving TGA Mobility Scooters

Dog owners Steven Cable, 61, and James McKenzie, 80, from King’s Lynn, have teamed up on two sporty black Vita mobility scooters to continue helping the local community and friends in need.
Born in King’s Lynn, Steven was a construction machinery operator and long distance lorry driver before taking early retirement following major spinal surgery. Steven now lives with many conditions that affect his health and mobility hence he needs a scooter to remain independent.

Despite his day-to-day challenges Steven continues to look after Pepper Green Park by cleaning up litter and notifying the council about graffiti when travelling around on his rugged 8mph Vita X mobility scooter. He also continues to campaign for more children’s playground equipment. This commitment to looking after the local environment, made possible by his TGA scooter, has recently earned Steven a civic award from the council – ‘Recognition of Outstanding Voluntary Services for the Benefit of the Community’. Read more……

Lily Mae Hip Abduction Case Study with R82 Gazelle Standing Frame by Frances George, Physiotherapist

Frances George, physiotherapist at Humberstone Park Special School, Grimsby has been working with Lily Mae (4 years) who has had a dislocated left hip since birth as well as other health issues.

Lily Mae had no independent sitting balance and was in supine position at 30° off upright. She started using Gazelle at home over Easter, standing upright to 85° for periods of 15 minutes increasing in recent months to 1.5+ hours daily which can be split into different sessions.

Following a further tendon release in September, Lily Mae will use the Gazelle to maintain further hip abduction and hopefully improve her MP.

For further information on the Gazelle PS please read our interactive workbook visit our website