19th July 2021: The car schemes below are still operating but may be operating a much reduced service. All other schemes are currently suspended. Please contact schemes directly with any enquiries.
Hatch Community Car Scheme, Hatch Beauchamp – For bookings phone 07942 231145.
Crowcombe Cars (Medical and Vaccination journeys only) – For bookings phone 01984 618263.
KHARS, Kilve and Holford – For bookings phone 01278 741384.
Monksilver Movers – For booking phone 07340 656182.
Roadwater Valley Car Scheme – For bookings phone 07851 535120.
Blackdown Support Group (Supporting vaccinations/medical trips) – For bookings phone 01823 68103.
Frome Community Drivers (Prescription deliveries and essential travel only) – For bookings phone 07596 591391.
Community Transport South Somerset – For bookings phone 01935 477399.
Porlock PALS – For bookings phone 01643 863150.
Butleigh Area Transport Services – For bookings phone 01458 850577.
Bicklifts, Bicknoller – For bookings phone 01984 656489.
Otter Wheels, Otterhampton (Medical appointments) – For bookings phone 07925 154216.
Stowey Shuttle, Nether Stowey (Providing transport to all medical appointments) – For bookings phone 07943 923742
Hinton St. George Volunteer Driver Scheme – For bookings phone 01460 77214
Brompton Parish Lifts – For bookings phone 01398 371488
StoGo, Stogumber Community Car Scheme – (Restarting August 1st 2021) – For bookings 01984 656610
If you are still struggling to get to a medical appointment, including COVID-19 vaccinations and need help and support contact Somerset’s Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275
The latest information on COVID-19 vaccination locations and sites can be found on the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group website
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.
Other pages and links that you may find useful: