Dial up new voluntary car scheme

Lincoln Dial A Ride is expanding. EMN-151003-171823001
Lincoln Dial A Ride is expanding. EMN-151003-171823001

Local charity Lincoln Area Dial a Ride has expanded its community transport coverage, to now include the whole of North Kesteven.

It has launched a voluntary car scheme in the district where local voluntary drivers using their own cars, will transport people of all ages, who physically struggle to use public transport, but can get in and out of a normal car.

To register for the scheme an annual £10 fee is payable. Once registered, the client can use the service for medical appointments, shopping, visiting friends and family, or even just days out.

To cover the expenses of the volunteer driver, the fee is mileage based. The mileage is worked out from the volunteer’s home address to cover all their expenses. The rate charged is simply £4 for the first eight miles, and 55p per mile for any additional miles thereafter.

Andrew Tysoe, who works for Dial a Ride says: “We are already helping over 900 clients in the county who struggle to use public transport to get out and about. We know there are many more people, particularly those living in rural communities, who would benefit from our service.

“The simple aim of our charity is to help reduce isolation and loneliness caused by lack of transport options, by offering an alternative service with our volunteer car drivers. All our drivers are fully vetted and trained and will live close to our clients.”

He said drivers often become friends too. Anyone needing help with transport, or would like to become a volunteer driver contact 01522 544983, or email: info.lincol
ndar@yahoo.co.uk.