What is a Car Scheme?
A community car scheme is a not for profit organisation, usually run by volunteers, that operates a form of car sharing. Volunteer drivers using their own car and being reimbursed expenses; provide prearranged journeys to members of their community who do not have access to suitable transport. Car schemes will offer travel to essential services such as health appointments, accessing work, shopping or even visiting friends. Some schemes even offer further services such as prescription pick-ups or non-transport related services such as befriending.
All car schemes have a coordinator who takes journey bookings and matches them to available drivers, who will then provide a door to door service for the customer. Any potential passengers must first become a member of the scheme before they can use the service. They will then be charged a fare each time they travel, to cover the cost of the journey (driver’s expenses) plus any additional costs such as parking. Fares can also include a nominal booking fee to help cover administration of the scheme (e.g. mobile phone or printing costs).
Find out more about Car Schemes in your area by choosing your district from the list below.
Setting up a Car Scheme
If you are interested in running a Car Scheme where you live we have put together a Car Scheme Toolkit to answer your questions and to help you set it up. It includes a draft constitution and rules, and a handbook for volunteer drivers. You can download a copy here.
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