Evesham Community Transport Scheme
One of the most popular services offered by the Centre is the community transport scheme, with around 50 drivers offering their services. This is a scheme for people who don't have access to public transport and who have no other means of getting to places on their own such as hospitals, dentists, opticians and shops. Around 10,000 people use the service each year and demands on the Centre are increasing as more and more elderly people fall under the criteria of the scheme.
.Volunteer drivers use their own cars to transport clients and are paid the maximum mileage rate allowable to cover their transport costs.
Drivers can do as much or as little driving as they wish - even an hour or two a week is of use - and the Centre prides itself on very rarely having to let a client down.
Payment for Transport - From 1st April 2011
A sliding fare scale is applicable for all journeys. For example, a journey of 10 miles will cost £9.00, this fare would cover most local return journeys.A £1 administration charge is payable on all bookings in addition to the fare.
Fares have to be paid in cash at the end of each journey. Cheques cannot be accepted.Fares can also be paid in National
Transport Tokens while still available. We would advise passengers to apply for a Bus Pass as they will receive a concessionary £2.00 fare reduction.Should you need to take an escort with you they will be able to travel free of charge and no administration charge will be applicable.If you wish to make a donation towards our services our drivers carry donation envelopes.
The scheme also relies on volunteers working in the office dealing with phone calls from clients and organising arrangements between clients and volunteer drivers, to make sure that clients get to their appointments on time.