Rica - Research Institute for Consumer Affairs

We can give you free unbiased information on wheeled walking frames, riser recliner chairs, medicine boxes, dispensers and bathing (online only). We have useful information on motoring with a disability or as an older driver, and information about car adaptations.

The following reports are available in print and online:

  • choosing a car
  • car controls
  • getting a wheelchair into a car
  • getting in and out of a car
  • wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • family cars
  • motoring after amputation
  • motoring after brain injury
  • motoring after a stroke
  • motoring with arthritis
  • motoring with cerebral palsy
  • motoring with MS
  • motoring with restricted growth
  • central heating controls
  • cooker, hobs and microwaves

We have an online car search, where you can use key measurements to shortlist cars that have, for example, the right height car seat, door opening to get in or out and/or a large boot. We have over 1000 detailed factsheets of car models are available.

We also offer a mobility scooter and powered wheelchair search, where you can search details of over 400 products to find the most suitable for you. We have details of which mobility scooters can fit on buses, trains and trams and a guide to public transport for older and disabled people.

When is it on?

Session information
9.30am - 5.30pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Chris Lofthouse
Contact position
Outreach Manager
0207 427 2460
Minicom: 0207 427 2469

Charity number - 1007726

Where to go

Unit G03
The Wenlock, 50-52
Wharf Road
N1 7EU

Other details

Cost description
Referral and availability notes

As a national consumer research charity, all Rica information is provided free of charge.

Age range
15-95 years

Local Offer

Local Offer description

Fully accessible offices in London - adapted toilet and shower available.


Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.

Journey planner

Address: The Wenlock, 50-52  Wharf Road  London 

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