Community Car Scheme
A Community Car Scheme is simply an organised non-profit form of car sharing. It provides transport for people in the town who would otherwise be unable to make essential journeys (Doctors and Hospital appointments, for example).
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. A small fare is payable by the passenger, which covers approximately half the costs of the scheme; the other half being made up by Dereham Town Council and Breckland Council.
How to Book a Journey
Contact our co-ordinator Janet Newell on 07827 972163. As Janet is also a much-needed volunteer driver, the phone line is only open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am - 1pm.
Volunteering for the Scheme
Hundreds of people in Dereham rely on our scheme to help them make essential journeys. We have a fantastic and hard-working group of volunteers, however due to the high volume of journey requests, we are always on the lookout for more drivers to join the team. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us on 01362 693821 or for an application pack or for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to use the scheme?
If you live within the Dereham boundary, and are unable to make your essential journey by either private or public transport, then you are welcome to contact our co-ordinator to see if we can help.
What is an essential journey?
The following appointments are classed as essential:
Doctor's Surgery/Health Centre
If you are unsure whether your request is classed as essential, please contact us to find out.
How much will it cost me?
Our most frequent journeys are charged at a fixed rate - please see our Passenger Fare List for prices.
Any journey not on the standard fare list will be charged at 20p per mile subject to a minimum fare of £2.00.