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

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.”


PLS (Passenger Lift Services), a Mobility Networks company, has appointed Adam Beck as its new Managing Director following 20 years of committed service to the business.

Following 20 years of service, Adam Beck (right of picture) has been promoted from Technical Director to Managing Director at PLS. Pictured here outside the new PLS headquarters in Smethwick, West Midlands, with Mobility Networks CEO Mike Simmonds (left of picture).

Following 20 years of service, Adam Beck (right of picture) has been promoted from Technical Director to Managing Director at PLS. Pictured here outside the new PLS headquarters in Smethwick, West Midlands, with Mobility Networks CEO Mike Simmonds (left of picture).

PLS is the UK-leading name in the design, manufacture and maintenance of powered lifts and ramps for accessible buses, coaches, ambulances and specialist vehicles. This highly respected business has recently relocated to substantially larger premises in Smethwick, West Midlands, and is now under the leadership of Adam Beck. Adam, 41 originally from Leicestershire, joined the business full time in 1994 following successful completion of an Engineering and Production Degree and a thesis on wheelchair tie-downs. He had previously worked for PLS as an intern between university term times, through his friendship with fellow Kart racing enthusiast Alan Ford – the founder of PLS and leading industry name.

Adam began his career as Development Manager working in the R&D department and was instrumental in supporting the introduction of PLS’s first and highly successful, coach cassette lift. This pioneering solution was a radical new concept in passenger lifts and established the benchmark for all competitors to follow. Under the brand Access, it became the basis for all PLS lift products that evolved to meet wider requirements for accessible vehicle body builders, convertors and operators.

In 2001 Adam was promoted to Production Manager to oversee all manufacturing processes within the business as PLS began to supply greater volumes to the coach industry. Prior to this PLS had specialised in the mini bus market however leading operators such as National Express were then keen to begin installing Access lifts. Following Adam’s involvement in a management buyout during 2004 as Alan Ford retired, he became Technical Director, which involved further responsibility and onus to drive R&D. This period in his career focused on PLS’s development and launch to market of the world’s first, fully automatic, front entrance coach lift. Before this innovation, wheelchair passengers were only able to access a coach from a mid-position, locker lift that could not be operated from the driver’s seat. This new lift eliminated the need for the driver to leave his seat and manually load passengers. With full automation from the dashboard, wheelchair passengers could be loaded faster and easier – a major advantage to coach operators. Manufacturers such as Plaxton and Salvador Caetano began to build coaches that would accommodate this specialist lift and leading operators such as Stagecoach requested multiple orders.

In 2014, PLS continues to be the UK’s leading specialist in vehicle access lifts. Now as Managing Director, Adam has the experience and acumen to lead the business so that it will continually meet the ever-evolving accessibility requirements of the coach and bus sector. Adam commented: “I am delighted with my promotion to Managing Director and look forward to the higher level of responsibility it will bring. From a strategic point of view, my vision for PLS is to enhance its highly established reputation even further through innovation that continually listens to, and focuses on, the needs of all new and existing customers. We will continue to deliver a nimble, flexible approach that can respond quickly to market and legislative changes so challenges associated with weight savings, sustainability and safety are always met. PLS is proud of its Midlands-based manufacturing heritage and we all have a passion for excellence in engineering. My individual passion began as a boy when building Karts to compete at a national level. If your kart was not designed, built and prepared with 100% commitment and impeccable attention to detail, winning was impossible. This background has instilled my constant desire to improve lift designs so they deliver better and better results for customers. Bringing this ethos into the lift world, I believe sets PLS apart because we are always raising the bar.”

The Mobility Networks Group
Established in 2014 with worldwide headquarters in Kent, UK, Mobility Networks is the leading multi-national specialist in accessible vehicle solutions. It provides a single source for all the latest innovations in vehicle access solutions from across the world. With a portfolio that is continually expanding, its products currently include vehicle access lifts, ramps, hatches, door opening systems and wheelchair accessible vehicle, lowered floor conversion kits.

Mobility Networks combines global expertise with local knowledge to deliver a world-class service. Its multi-lingual team is fully committed to resolving the needs of vehicle specifiers, bus and coach convertors and transport operators. This ensures all aspects of worldwide accessibility, safety and legislative conformity are met now and in the future. Mobility Networks’ pioneering products are synonymous with quality and reliability and are further enhanced by a holistic support programme that provides proven design consultancy, installation and servicing.

Passenger Lift Services Limited, a Mobility Networks Company
PLS is based in Smethwick, West Midlands and is a leading name in the design, manufacture and support of powered, wheelchair lifts and ramps for buses, coaches and specialist vehicles. Regarded as the UK market leader in underfloor passenger lifts, PLS has delivered an unrivalled range of products and services since inception in 1990.