The Bride Valley Car Service (BVCS) was set up to take over from Dorset Country Car Scheme after the withdrawal of County financial support in 2014. The purpose of the BVCS is to provide transport for residents of villages in the Bride Valley to local surgeries and hospitals where public transport is unavailable or impracticable and where friends and family cannot help.
It will have a pool of volunteer drivers (including all the drivers in the existing scheme) but more would be welcome from West Bexington, Swyre and Puncknowle . Drivers must have a valid full driving licence, and their motor insurance must explicitly cover them for volunteer driving on a not-for-profit basis. Their cars must be taxed and have a valid MoT. Drivers must be willing to undergo Disclosure & Barring Service (previously CRB) checks. Drivers will be able to claim 45p per mile (the normal maximum allowed by HMRC) for all miles (including ‘empty’ positioning mileage) undertaken on behalf of the BVCS, plus any related expenses such as parking charges.
Users of the service will pay a £2 fixed charge plus 50p per mile for each mile that they are carried.
Potential volunteer drivers are asked to contact one of the following:
Chair: Diana Cheater Tel: 01308 482223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrator: Lesley Tel: 01308 897695
People wishing to use the BVCS should contact the Administrator as shown above.