Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme
About the Scheme
Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme provides safe and affordable journeys to people who find it difficult to access transport. Our volunteers use their own cars to help people get out and about e.g. to the shops, doctors, dentists, hairdressers, social activities, visit friends and take part in their communities.
Here's what some of our passengers say about the Scheme:
"I'm so very grateful for the scheme, it's a wonderful service. All the drivers are very kind and helpful...my driver had become like an old friend by the time we'd arrived at my destination"
"I don't know how I would get to my swimming every week without the scheme....and to take my guide dog"
"The scheme is wonderful...gives my daughter who has ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) her independence...it's fantastic"
"It is so helpful to me...driver's help you relax and laugh...helps when you are stressed"
Who can use the Transport Scheme?
To use the scheme a person must be a resident of Rushcliffe who is unable to make their journey by public transport or other means. Reasons for eligibility might include geographical remoteness, a lack of public transport, disability or ill health. Passengers using the scheme do need to be able to get in and out of an ordinary car unaided or be accompanied by someone who can assist them.
How does it work?
and we will send one out to you in the post. It costs £20.00 to register for the year or £30.00 for couples and we re-register all our passengers annually in August. Reduced rates are available from May to August - please contact us for details about these.
Once registered on the Scheme, passengers can request up to 3 journeys a week. To book transport, passengers can telephone the office on weekday mornings (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm). We need at least 2 working days notice to book transport so that we have time to allocate a volunteer driver. If a passenger needs to cancel their journey, it is important that they tell us as soon as possible, or in some cases, passengers may still be charged. Cancellations can be made at any time by telephoning the office; an answerphone is available 24 hours on which you can leave messages.
How much does it cost?
For journeys over 6 miles, passengers pay 47p per mile for all mileage incurred by the driver. If a journey is shared with another registered passenger then the costs of the journey can also be shared. There is a minimum charge of £2.80 per journey, for journeys under 6 miles.
Who are the drivers?
All the drivers are volunteers who use their own cars to take passengers on journeys. We have over 50 drivers who are reliable, trustworthy and dedicated. The drivers live in villages and towns throughout Rushcliffe. Many are retired and several fit their volunteer driving in around work and other commitments. Drivers choose how often they want to drive and are reimbursed for all mileage incurred. All our volunteer drivers are interviewed before they start, have references checked and a security check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. (DBS checks have replaced CRB checks) They receive support from the Transport Organisers. Here's what a few of our drivers have had to say about the volunteering for the scheme:
"Meeting and helping these older people is a pleasure and it helps give more purpose and shape to one's own retirement"
"It's great to be doing something so worthwhile which is greatly appreciated"