TRIP service tailored to individuals' needs

PUBLISHED: 01:01 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

I am replying to the lady who said that a free bus service would be a good idea instead of using TRIP, the charity transport scheme in Honiton. I have been a voluntary driver with trip for about 11 months and, while I would agree a free bus service would

I am replying to the lady who said that a free bus service would be a good idea instead of using TRIP, the charity transport scheme in Honiton. I have been a voluntary driver with trip for about 11 months and, while I would agree a free bus service would be a good idea, in practice I don't think it would work. It might work if everyone had an appointment at the same time, then all could travel together and obviously come home together, but the trouble is, as we all know, that appointments come on different days, and at different times. When you reach the RD&E there are four entrances, all for varying medical problems. Would the free bus driver go to all these entrances and drop you off at appointment time? Would the free bus driver be there when you are ready for your return journey home? Let me tell you some of the things that I, as a TRIP driver, will do. The other day a lady had an appointment for 8.30am. I arrived at her home at just after 7.30am and arrived at the RD&E at 8.10am, found a wheelchair for her, parked the car then took the lady to the ward where she was meant to be for her appointment (would the bus driver have time to do that). I was told that the appointment would be an hour. Over two hours later we set off back to Honiton (would the bus have waited?). Whilst I agree it would be a good idea if there was a free bus service to the RD&E, but just think of the other services you wouldn't get. TERRY A TRIP driver


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