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If you or the person you look after have mobility problems, getting around can be more costly. There are several schemes that give transport discounts for carers and people with disabilities.
If you hold a current driving licence and develop arthritis, and the illness affects your driving and has lasted more than 3 months, you must inform the Drivers Medical Group at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea. When applying for a provisional licence you must declare that you have arthritis. People with arthritis are not exempted from wearing a seat belt – if you find it difficult to fasten your seat belt there are adaptations available, an Occupational Therapist can advise you on this and on how best to adapt the seat and seat-belt height for your comfort
Arthritis Research UK produce a booklet “Everyday Living and Arthritis” which discusses driving. This is available on-line or can be obtained for free from Arthritis Care (see Appendix for contact details):
A range of schemes providing bookable transport for individuals and groups to access health care and Social Services and for social transport. TAP has a large number of volunteers with private cars and accessible vehicles suitable for manual and electric wheelchairs. Age UK’s minibuses are available for excursions and group hire. TAP also provides transport out of county.Contact Details:
Director of Transport.
Age UK Cornwall ane The Isles of Scilly
Chapel Hill, Truro Cornwall
A community based transport scheme that offers members (over 60’s, people with disabilities and those with no transport) a flexible service at realistic prices.Services Offered:
- Dial-a-Ride in the Hayle area.
- Dial-a-Ride in the ‘Six Parishes’ area (see below for details).
- Helston Link service.
- Dial-a-Ride in the East Lizard area.
- Volunteer car scheme service.
The Dial-a-Ride covers Hayle, St Erth, and Gwinear-Gwithian, this provides a journey-to-work scheme feeding into local bus and rail services. During the day, passengers can use the service to get into Hayle for shopping, doctors’ appointments and other reasons. There is also a Dial-a-Ride service that covers the ‘Six Parishes’ area (Breage, Crowan, Germoe, Perranuthnoe, Sithney and St Hilary). This service provides weekly shopping trips to Camborne, Helston and Penzance. It also provides access to doctors’ surgeries at Helston, Marazion and Praze-an-Beeble.
The third service serves the residents of Helston and the nearby communities (Lowertown, CoverackBridges and Trannack). This service provides a weekly journey into Helston. It can drop you at the Hospital, shops, surgery or most obvious destinations in the town. The fourth Dial-a-Ride service covers the ‘East Lizard’ area (Mawgan, Manaccan, St Anthony, St Keverne and St Martin). This service provides a weekly trip with two drops each day into Helston. It is ideal for shopping, appointments and any other visits. It can drop you in the town centre, at the Hospital, doctors’ surgery or most other destinations in the town.
The voluntary car scheme service operates with volunteers using their own cars giving lifts to passengers, including schoolchildren, social services clients and patients. If you need help getting to Hospital, your doctor or other appointments. A wheelchair accessible car is also available.Contact Details:
Units 1 & 2, Foundry House