TRIP places order for new minibus

PUBLISHED: 09:03 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 25 February 2016

TRIP's logo. Ref mhh 03-16TI 9641. Picture: Terry Ife

TRIP's logo. Ref mhh 03-16TI 9641. Picture: Terry Ife

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The charity was able to do so after successfully applying to a community transport fund, launched by the Department for Transport.

Honiton mobility charity TRIP has placed an order for a state-of-the art minibus after successfully applying to a community transport fund, launched by the Department for Transport.

The charity is one of just 300 nationwide that will receive a vehicle from the authority’s £25million fund, which supports the community transport sector in providing vital services to communities which may not be serviced by a commercial bus service.

The new £50,000 vehicle will replace a 13-year-old vehicle TRIP is currently using to transport its users.

It will provide easy access for its users, as well as ample room for wheelchair users and can also take on bigger mobility scooters and large wheelchairs as it has a 400 kilogramme tail lift capacity.

Neil Hurlock, office manager for TRIP, said: “This vehicle is helping secure the future of the Ring and Ride service, that last year, celebrated its 25th year, and is the first step to the next 25 years for Honiton Ring and Ride.”

Mr Hurlock said the process is now in the hands of the manufacturer and conversion company the charity uses.

TRIP’s fundraising efforts are continuing as the charity needs to replace one of the smaller Renault vehicles that it uses to transport people to local daycare and medical appointments.

These are just some of the services TRIP offers - it also runs a voluntary car service, provides wheelchair accessible transport and powered scooter and wheelchair hire.

It also organises hospital transport and a shared taxi service serving Honiton and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about what TRIP offers, call the team on 01404 46529.


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