New vehicle helping wheelchair users in Bournemouth get out and about

New vehicle helping wheelchair users in Bournemouth get out and about

New vehicle helping wheelchair users in Bournemouth get out and about

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A NEW accessible vehicle has been launched to help wheelchair users in Bourne-mouth get out and about in the community.

The Peugeot MPV has been purchased by South East Dorset Community Accessible Trans-port (Sedcat) and has been added to its fleet of minibuses, known locally as the BAT buses.

The vehicles are used to provide a door-to-door shopping service as well as a programme of afternoon and full day outings for anyone living in Bournemouth who is unable to use public transport.

The MPV has been specially adapted to carry powered and manual wheelchairs and will be driven by fully trained volunteer drivers from the Sedcat volunteer comm-unity car scheme.

It has been funded through the gener-osity of local charitable trusts, including the Talbot Village Trust, and fundraising events which have been run by Sedcat during the past two years.

“The new vehicle will allow them to help even more people who need to travel in a wheelchair and unable to use the community car scheme and we think it will be invaluable in giving individuals and their families that all important independence and freedom,” said Katie Cox from the Talbot Village Trust.

There will be a charge to use the MPV, to cover the running costs of the service. For more information telephone 01202 534027 or 01202 399700 or visit www.sedcat.org.uk

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1:39pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Dadof2 says...

Now how about some free charging stations for wheelchair/mobility scooter users?
I know some people are unable to finish their shopping in the town centre because they are running out of a charge.
Now how about some free charging stations for wheelchair/mobility scooter users? I know some people are unable to finish their shopping in the town centre because they are running out of a charge. Dadof2
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4:29pm Sun 27 Jul 14

djd says...

Dadof2 wrote:
Now how about some free charging stations for wheelchair/mobility scooter users?
I know some people are unable to finish their shopping in the town centre because they are running out of a charge.
And how many wheelchair users actually take their charges out with them?
Most modern electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters will travel in excess of 20 miles between charges.
If you keep your scooter/ wheelchair charged then you should always be able to finish your journey within the limitations of the machine.
[quote][p][bold]Dadof2[/bold] wrote: Now how about some free charging stations for wheelchair/mobility scooter users? I know some people are unable to finish their shopping in the town centre because they are running out of a charge.[/p][/quote]And how many wheelchair users actually take their charges out with them? Most modern electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters will travel in excess of 20 miles between charges. If you keep your scooter/ wheelchair charged then you should always be able to finish your journey within the limitations of the machine. djd
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