Bassetlaw: New car scheme launched for wheelchair users

Launch event at Rufford Abbey for new car scheme for wheelchair user in Bassetlaw, Tuxford and Newark and Sherwood.
Launch event at Rufford Abbey for new car scheme for wheelchair user in Bassetlaw, Tuxford and Newark and Sherwood.

Wheelchair users across Bassetlaw will soon be benefiting from a new addition to the public transport network.

Bassetlaw Council’s Car Scheme Plus, run in conjunction with Bassetlaw Action Centre and backed by county-wide organisations, will provide vehicles for those unable to use other forms of transport.

The specially-adapted Peugeot Experts have room for three passengers in addition to the driver and wheelchair user, allowing them to be used for family outings or visits to friends.

The cars contain enough space to accommodate large electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and will be driven by trained volunteers.

The official launch on Wednesday saw three cars commissioned to serve Bassetlaw.

Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of Notts County Council’s transport and highways commtitee, said the new scheme would be a great help to wheelchair users.

“These new vehicles will help give a new lease of life to many people with wheelchairs who until now may have been prevented from getting out and about as much as they’d like.”

“The fact that family members will also be able to accompany them is an added bonus.

“I am confident the new accessible car scheme will improve the way wheelchair users and their families access and enjoy their local town centres.”

Anyone wanting to use the scheme must register with Bassetlaw Action Centre by calling 01777 709650.