DEREHAM COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME
This scheme is sponsored by Dereham Town Council together with Breckland Council and is available only to those people who live in the Parish of Dereham and satisfy the conditions set out below:-
1. WHAT IS A COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME?
A Community Car Scheme is simply an organised non-profit making form of car sharing. It provides transport for essential journeys for people in the town without access to a car and where there is no suitable public transport. Volunteer drivers use their own cars and are paid an agreed rate to cover their running costs, as permitted by the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981. This Act also permits the charging of fares and provides that the driver’s own normal insurance will cover him or her when participating in the Scheme. The fares cover approximately half the costs of the scheme, the other half being made up by Dereham Town Council and Breckland Council.
2. WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE SCHEME?
The Scheme is available to those persons resident within the civil Parish of Dereham (including Toftwood) who are unable to make an essential journey by public or private hire transport, and also to any person who would otherwise be unable, without unreasonable difficulty, to make an authorised journey because of the lack of a public transport service.
3. WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN ESSENTIAL JOURNEY?
A Journey is authorised where it is essential the passenger attend such places as:-
(i) Hospital (ii) Doctor’s Surgery (iii) Dentist (iv) Optician (v) Chiropodist
(vi) Pharmacist after a Doctor appointment (vii) Health Centre
or any similar type of destination which the relevant Committee of Dereham Town Council shall from time to time specify suitable to use the scheme.
4. HOW TO USE THE SCHEME
This scheme relies on volunteer drivers and the phone lines are only manned on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 1pm. So please note that it may not be possible to respond to same day requests.
Contact the organiser on
on the days and during the times listed above, to book your journey. Under normal circumstances 48 hours’ notice prior to your intended journey is sufficient time in which to arrange for a car to pick you up.
However, it is always helpful if you advise the organiser as soon as your travel requirements are known and, in addition, any special requirements such as the use of a wheelchair. The organiser is available to take telephone bookings between 9.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
5. FARES PER PERSON
Fares are payable at the start of the journey where a set fare applies.
Passengers will be charged the rates on the standard journey list, eg:-
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital £7.20
Spire Hospital £7.20
West Norwich Community Hospital £8.00
Kings Lynn Queen Elizabeth Hospital £12.60
Cromer Hospital £13.20
Addenbrooks Hospital £28.60
Papworth Hospital £32.00
Moorfields Eye Hospital £48.00
Sheringham Hospital £11.40
Fakenham Surgery £6.00
Swaffham Surgery £6.00
Watton Surgery £6.00
Wymondham Surgery £6.00
Kellingham Hospital £8.00
Mattishall Surgery £3.00
Wendling Surgery £3.00
North Elmham Surgery £3.00
Longham Surgery £3.00
Swanton Morley Surgery £2.20
Scarning Surgery £2.20
Return journeys within Dereham within an hour are charged at minimum fare of £2.00.
Any journey not on the standard fare list will be charged at 20p per mile subject to a minimum fare of £2.00.
Children aged between 5 and 16 years old may travel at half price when travelling with an adult, children under 5 years of age may travel free when accompanied by a fare paying adult. All persons under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you have any queries regarding the scheme please contact Dereham 07827 972163 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am – 1pm), or Dereham Town Council at The Assembly Rooms, Ruthen Place, Dereham, NR19 2TX, telephone Dereham (01362) 693821 (office hours). However, you can not make a booking by contacting Dereham Town Council.
If you would like to become a volunteer driver, please call Dereham Town Council on 01362 693821 for further information