FROM 1ST AUGUST 2017 THE COST OF THE COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME WILL INCREASE FROM 40p PER MILE TO 45p PER MILE
What is it? The principle aim of the Community Car Scheme is to provide health related transport to those people who have no transport of their own, or are unable to travel on public transport short or long term.
Who is it for? The scheme is available for those who are living in Knighton and the surrounding area; who fit the following criteria: - retired, have a physical disability, sensory impairment, learning disability, enduring mental health or are in receipt of benefits. The project Co-ordinator has the discretion to allow journeys that do not meet the criteria set above, but fit the general aims of the scheme.
How do I become a member? A simple form must be completed. This is available from, or can be completed for you, at the Knighton Community Support Office. All details Supplied are in strictest confidence.
Will I have to pay? The journey cost to members is 45 pence per mile, so the total cost depends on how many miles you travel. If you are in receipt of benefits, you may be able to claim the cost back from the hospital at the time of the appointment.
Who will take me? We have a number of experienced volunteer drivers, who are friendly, reliable and trustworthy. All of whom have been approved. The volunteers use their own vehicles, and are insured to take you. Some of our drivers are first aid trained and can act as escorts.
What if I use mobility aids? Some of our volunteer drivers have room in their cars for mobility aids such as wheelchairs. These details will be on our registration form, but you should mention this when arranging your transport.
What if I need an escort? Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We can provide a volunteer escort, although if you have an escort yourself, mention this when you are booking your transport.
How do I book a journey? Members can either call into or ring the office on Monday to Friday between 9.30 am - 1 pm, or leave a message on the answer phone at other times. We would ask you to give as much notice as possible to arrange your transport, a minimum of 48 hours, if possible, otherwise it's more difficult to arrange a volunteer driver to suit your transport needs.