We always need volunteer drivers, because without those drivers we would lose a community service, which the community now depends on, and which is truly unique in this country.
Driving the bus is much easier than most people think. We often hear people say "It's too big, I could never handle anything like that" or "I wouldn't be strong enough to drive that". The reality is, that the bus drives as easily as a large family car, and with power steering and fully automatic gearbox, it takes no effort at all. In fact it makes a very comfortable drive. Just ask some of our women drivers, who really enjoy driving the bus.
You don't even need a special licence to drive it, just a normal car licence will do, as long as you have class D1. If you passed your test before Jan 1st 1997, this was automatically included. If you passed your test after that date, you are required to take an addition test to obtain class D1 on your licence.
You don't have to commit to driving it every week either, just a couple of hours once or twice a month is all it takes.
We have several rota requirements. The morning commuter run starts at 06:45 and ends at 09:18. The midday runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays commence at 09:48 and finish at 12:00, and the evening commuter run commences at 17:20 and finishes at 19:30.
If you would like a test drive in the bus, with no obligation whatsoever, to see whether you would like to join our very special band of volunteers, or would simply like more information, then telephone David Turner on (01376) 562090, email us, or download the application form. Return details are included on the form.