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

Precision Rehab Ltd are delighted to have chosen The Mobility Roadshow 2016 for their first ever UK exhibition!


The newly founded company are an official supplier of German manufactured Paravan Powered Wheelchairs in the UK and Ireland.

They will be showcasing their full range at the Silverstone Roadshow including the innovative, standing Biolution wheelchair and the adaptable Paravan Piccolini – a completely new electric wheelchair concept – specially tailored to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Uniquely, the Paravan Piccolino can grow with a child and remain a loyal companion that provides fun, enjoyment and comfort.

The Precision Rehab team have over 20 years’ experience working with specialist powered wheelchairs and ensure a high standard of assessment, sales process, and after sales care including service and repair coverage.

They are looking forward to welcoming visitors at Stand H1-07 at The Mobility Roadshow.

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Get Going Live!, the test-driving event for young and novice drivers with disabilities, is back for 2016 as part of the 33-year old Mobility Roadshow (26th-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).


Get Going Live!, the test-driving event for young and novice drivers with disabilities, is back for 2016 as part of the 33-year old Mobility Roadshow (26th-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).

Co-hosted by the charities Mobility Choice and Disabled Motoring UK, this popular three day test-drive feature focuses on the needs of younger people with disabilities and novice drivers. Get Going Live! has helped many young people across the UK discover adapted driving controls for the first time and explore options for accessible motoring. Visitors and their families, including teenagers from age 15, will be able to safely test drive a range of adapted cars accompanied by Advanced Driving Instructors.

As people with a disability can gain their driving license a year early at age 16, Get Going Live! helps teenagers choose the right first vehicle for them. Get Going Live! also benefits mature drivers who may wish to explore options for safer, more comfortable driving. As Get Going Live! is incorporated into the Mobility Roadshow, visitors can take advantage of a wealth of specialist mobility products and services on display in the impressive Silverstone Wing.

Inspirational young disabled racing driver Alex Tait, 16 from Sheffield, lives with a hereditary muscle wasting condition. Alex is a Get Going Live! Ambassador for 2016 and explains: “I am chuffed to have been given the role of Get Going Live! Ambassador this year, it’s a real honour. Even though I have Myotonic Dystrophy I make sure this doesn’t hold me back. I attended the 2013 Get Going Live! and everything escalated from there as I subsequently won a disabled driver’s scholarship to compete for a season in Autosolos and Autotests. Then in early 2014, I took my ARDS (racing licence) test and passed. I now race in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championships with a team called ‘Specialised Motorsport’.”

Alex concludes: “I will be at Get Going Live! and available to chat to all visitors regarding my experiences – it is a show that is very close to my heart. Only by visiting this event have I been able to get to my privileged position in motorsport. The Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! illustrates to all people, young and old, that even with a disability, it can be easy to get driving and remain independent with the right specialist products and solutions.”

All show visitors to Get Going Live! can access expert advice on tuition and mobility information from The Forum of Mobility Centres and Advanced Driving Instructors. Admission and parking is free, as are test drives and entry to The Mobility Roadshow – the largest consumer mobility event of its kind. There will be a vast range of products on display including wheelchairs, mobility scooters, car boot hoists, ramps and in-vehicle safety systems.

Alternatively contact the NFE Group, on: +44(0)1332 810007.


Loopwheels on MobilityRoadshow

The Nottinghamshire company behind the revolutionary new shock-absorbing wheels, Loopwheels, are looking forward to another great show at Mobility Roadshow in May. Last year’s show at Castle Donington was a huge success for them.

Director Gemma Pearce says: “We had a fantastic show last year. Loopwheels were brand new on the mobility market. People came straight to our stand to try loopwheels on their chairs, and there was plenty of opportunity for people to test out the wheels on the grass, paving and kerbs near our stand. We took a lot of orders at the show and have many happy customers as a result! There was a real buzz around the stand.

We’re very much looking forward to this year’s show at Silverstone, particularly as it’s such an iconic venue. We now sell loopwheels through stockists in 13 countries around the world. We’re really proud to manufacture a British-designed product in the UK, and although I’m expecting a UK audience at the show itself, I think many of our customers abroad who follow our news will really connect with a world famous British name like Silverstone.”

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Mobility Networks strengthens expertise with new specialist Product Manager

The Mobility Networks Group, a global leader in products for vehicle accessibility, has appointed a new Product Manager to enhance its worldwide service – Steve Fletcher.


Led by renowned entrepreneur and CEO Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks provides a comprehensive range of solutions to the accessible PCV and WAV sectors including powered wheelchair lifts, ramps, escape hatches, assistive driving solutions and more. Originally from Luton, Steve Fletcher, 46, is a highly experience vehicle lift design engineer who entered the industry as an apprentice. Over 25 years, he progressed in seniority and became an influential figure at Ratcliff Palfinger. His previous role at Ratcliff Palfinger involved responsibility for managing R&D, driving product innovation and supporting the sales team with technical expertise. Now a key member of Mobility Networks, Steve will be continuing in a similar role with a focus on delivering global customer satisfaction and ensuring product performance is of the utmost calibre.

Steve commented: “Joining Mobility Networks is a proud moment in my career. This specialist business continues to expand at a significant rate across the world through its outstanding portfolio of vehicle access products. I believe my technical knowledge and belief in precision engineering will add value to the Mobility Networks’ service and hence offer customers greater results. This is an exciting time for Mobility Networks and its customers as more innovative access solutions are planned for launch in 2016.”

Steve’s remit will be diverse within Mobility Networks including product safety and legislative conformity, R&D and customer technical support. Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO added: “Bearing in mind his proven engineering expertise, Steve was the ideal candidate to join Mobility Networks. He will be working closely with all our manufacturers across the world, including PLS (Passenger Lift Services) here in the UK, to ensure we remain at the forefront of innovation.”


The multi-national Mobility Networks Group and its UK bus and coach accessible lift division, PLS, have achieved significant enquiry levels regarding its new Access lift innovations at Coach & Bus Live (stand F20, NEC, 30th Sept – 1st Oct).

Mobility Networks is regarded as one of the world’s leaders in wheelchair access solutions for buses, coaches, mini-buses and domestic vehicles. Part of Mobility Networks, Passenger Lift Services (PLS) is the UK-leading name in the design, manufacture and maintenance of powered lifts and ramps for the PCV sector. At this year’s Coach & Bus Live, PLS demonstrated a range of pioneering product features that enhance existing access solutions – resulting in additional advantages for convertors, operators and passengers. This evolving excellence in engineering is being driven by PLS’s renowned focus on R&D along with the added advantage of Mobility Networks’ global connections. With offices worldwide, Mobility Networks continues to expand its international reach in terms of specialist manufacturers and suppliers so that the best components and technologies can be leveraged across the whole PLS Access portfolio. The latest Access product developments from PLS deliver weight-saving advantages along with enhanced usability and streamlined maintenance through a greater use of common components within the manufacturing process.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director, demonstrates the latest AccessTM Coach ski-lock lift (Mega-H) to Plaxton engineers and designers at Coach & Bus Live 2015.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director, demonstrates the latest AccessTM Coach ski-lock lift (Mega-H) to Plaxton engineers and designers at Coach & Bus Live 2015.

Mike Simmonds, CEO of Mobility Networks said: “As part of Mobility Networks, PLS has been delighted with the response to its latest Access lift innovations at Coach & Bus Live. The international strength of Mobility Networks’ gives PLS the ability to leverage more cutting-edge ideas and solutions from around the world. This ensures its reputation as the industry leader in accessible vehicle lifts will continue to be intact, now and in the future.”

Displayed on a fully operational rig, new innovations showcased by PLS included its:

* latest Coach Ski-locker Lift now with extending platform  

* all new ‘Mega-H’ bottom of locker coach lift 

* weight-saving Inboard Lift and Cassette AccessTM Lite platforms

The ‘Mega-H’ is the first choice for retro-fits to existing coaches as PLS can offer a comprehensive and competitive package solution.

The Access Coach Ski-locker Lift is a robust, fully automatic large passenger platform that provides side wheelchair access to executive and luxury coaches. The ‘Mega’ version provides the longest lifting cassette-based platform on the market and can deliver an impressive 500kg SWL. This lift now incorporates PLS’s latest concept in safety handrails which have been redesigned for easier deployment and storage through the inclusion of a new ‘Index Plunger’. Durability and safety have also been enhanced through a new, single extrusion hinge ‘Pod’ that provides better ‘positive locking’. The new handrail design has facilitated the inclusion of higher side kerbs along the edge of the lifting platform – again increasing peace of mind for wheelchair users when being lifted to coach floor level.  Handrail panels are now affixed using cutting-edge adhesive technology so that riveting is not required – hence reducing production time and improving aesthetics. 

The PLS stand and Coach & Bus Live 2015

The PLS stand at Coach & Bus Live 2015 demonstrated several new innovations in vehicle access

The automatic roll-off stop has also been reengineered using design concepts from other Mobility Network products. Now manufactured from a more robust single component, it also includes a new rubber lead edge, which provides a more precise contact between the lifting platform and the road surface. Coupled with a weight saving of 20kg across the design, the latest Access Coach Ski-locker Lift from PLS will continue to be first choice for most coach operators.

Alongside the main rig on the PLS stand, other examples from the growing Mobility Networks’ portfolio were displayed. These included an example of the FlexiRail vehicle flooring system that provides flexible securement of seating and wheelchair passengers, and the all-new aluminum IVA Bumper Step. The Bumper Step provides step-up access to mini-bus rear doors and can be installed over a platform lift cassette housing. This new design is 100% alloy TIG welded and two alloy-extruded ribs, which provide structural stiffness, have replaced the original steel frame. This new design now only weighs 7.5kg, hence saving convertors 16.5kg in weight and resulting in improved vehicle fuel efficiency.

Mobility Roadshow To Host A Multitude Of Inspirational Product Launches For Consumer Independence

The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is delighted to announce that a vast array of new and inspirational solutions for drivers and passengers with disabilities will be launched at this year’s event (25-27th June, Donington Park, Derbyshire, open from 10am daily).

Click image for larger version.  Name: 1_Mobility_Roadshow_Lewis_Reed.jpg  Views: 0  Size: 120.1 KB  ID: 1351Leading motor manufacturers including Ford, Hyundai and Vauxhall will be demonstrating and providing test-drives in their latest accessible and adapted cars. An extensive range of independent living innovations from leading mobility product specialists will complement these impressive vehicle showcases. The variety of new wheelchairs, mobility scooters, hoists, vehicle lifts, steering controls etc. on display at Donington will ensure the 2015 Mobility Roadshow is the ‘must attend’ consumer event for anyone interested in mobility solutions. Highly regarded brands such as Autoadapt, TGA and Trekinetic will be debuting new and award-winning products for visitors to test and compare within the exhibition hall and test-drive zone.

A selection of new product highlights include:

Autoadapt from Sweden, a major sponsor of this year’s event, will be represented by its UK team at Elap. Autoadapt, a leading global provider of safe vehicle adaptations, is launching its latest swivel seat – The Turny Low Vehicle – and showcasing the new Turny EVO Generation 2.

Bever Car Products with over 15 years of experience with electronic braking, is introducing its new SmartBrake and SmartGas products into the UK at this year’s show.

Brook Miller Mobility is introducing the all new ScootChair and ScootChair+ which fold to a compact size and fit into any car boot.

Dahl Engineering is launching its new and improved wheelchair tie-down docking station with automatic lap belt and diagonal occupant restraint.

The Ford Motability Team is looking forward to showcasing the New Focus (estate), as well as the Kuga, EcoSport, and Grand Tourneo Connect. They will be providing information about the entire Ford range, for Motability customers or private buyers, as well as test drives with a fully qualified instructor.

Lewis Reed (WAV) Ltd, who traditionally launch a new product at each Mobility Roadshow, will be introducing its new Mercedes-Benz V-Class specialist conversion.

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Quingo will be demonstrating its new ‘Flyte’ mobility scooter for the first time at a Mobility Roadshow. A recent winner of an international design award, this portable 5-wheel model eliminates manual lifting into a car boot.

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TGA, a popular mobility scooter supplier and sponsor of the scooter test-drive arena, will be debuting its recently launched and award-winning folding Maximo. The 4-wheel Maximo provides a larger version of the best-selling folding Minimo and delivers an enhanced driving experience. TGA will also be providing ‘safe scoot’ driver awareness throughout the show.

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Trekinetic will be showcasing its new and future-proof ‘Hyperforma’ paediatric seat system that enables a growing child to continually fit into a standard adult seat. Trekinetic’s remote action telescopic locking footrest, that eliminates the need to bend forwards, will also be on display for the first time.

Vapor Ricon Ltd will be attending with a fully working demonstration bus complete with vehicle lift and compatible restraint system. The K series domestic wheelchair lift will be available for visitors to try whilst its new wheelchair hoist will be available to see.

Ann Frye, Chair of the charity Mobility Choice (who organise the event), concludes: “The exciting range of new products being launched at the 2015 Mobility Roadshow illustrates very clearly why this event is invaluable for anyone interested in the latest options and solutions for independent mobility.”