Sawtry Car Scheme

In partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council

Sawtry Car Scheme Update - 27/08/20

Following the suspension due to the COVID-19 lockdown, a restricted service will operate from Monday 7th September 2020 to convey clients to and from medical appointments only (that is to Hospital, Doctors, Opticians and Dentists). Please abide by the following guidelines to minimise the risk to both passengers and drivers:

  • Clients must be clear of any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days when booking transport and drivers will ask again whether they have any symptoms when picking a passenger up.
  • Only passengers who have self-isolated and live by themselves or with a partner, and have no other access to transport [such as family or friends] will be considered.
  • When booking transport, passengers will be asked to provide their own face covering and hand sanitiser. Failure to comply means the journey will have to be refused.
  • Where practicable, only one person per household should travel as passenger in the car.
  • Where practicable all passengers should sit in the back seats of the transporting vehicle.
  • Where possible, passengers should access and exit vehicle unaided. If the passenger needs to be physically helped, then they must provide a chaperone to help them.
  • Passengers will be told cost of journey when booking and asked for cash payment to be put in envelope for the driver.
  • Drivers will wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser while on duty.
  • Only four-door vehicles are to be used during the pandemic.
  • To maintain fresh ventilation in the vehicle, drivers must not use any re-cycling options on the vehicle air conditioning.
  • Where possible passengers will be teamed up with the same driver for future appointments creating a bubble effect.

Please download the new Scheme guidelines for more information.

While every care is taken to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, the risk cannot be completely removed and any journeys undertaken are done so at the individuals’ own risk.

For more details or contact the Scheme Co-ordinator on 07810 476979 and leave a message.

If you experience difficulties with getting out and about, such as travelling to appointments or visiting friends and family, the Sawtry Car Scheme may be able to help.

The Sawtry Car Scheme is volunteer-led and for people who have difficulties getting to or using public transport. Those who do not have access to a car or any other means of transport can request a lift.

The scheme can be used for attending appointments, for example medical appointments with the GP, chiropodist, opticians; attending hospital appointments including Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke, Papworth and Addenbrooke's hospitals; and visiting friends and family in the area. Journeys to personal appointments and meetings, plus accessing public services, could be undertaken.

A number of users have commented on how useful and valuable the scheme is to them. There is a charge for this service to help the volunteers cover the cost of fuel and motoring costs. To find out more, please contact us, download a leaflet for more details or contact the Scheme Co-ordinator on 07810 476979 and leave a message.