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Community and voluntary transport schemes

Community and voluntary transport schemes offer services for people who have difficulty using, or are unable to use public transport services.

If you have these difficulties, perhaps due to age, disability or simply a lack of public transport services where you live, you can search online for community transport in your area.

Types of community transport

The main types of community transport operating in Nottinghamshire are:

Voluntary Car Schemes

If you need to make an essential journey and no suitable public transport service exists, you can contact a voluntary car scheme to arrange a lift. You will be charged a fare set by the scheme.

Car Scheme Plus

Car Scheme Plus provides transport to essential services for wheelchair users who have difficulty in using public transport. Vehicles have been adapted to accommodate large electric wheelchairs or a small mobility scooter plus up to four passengers.

Community Minibus Schemes

These are schemes using wheelchair accessible minibuses which are available for group hire by local community-based groups.


Dial-a-Bus services provide 'door-to-door' transport to members of the Dial-a-Bus scheme operating in that area. They aim to provide a reliable personal service to members, using fully accessible minibuses with trained drivers giving 'door-to-door' support at both the beginning and the end of your journey.

Find out which of the above schemes are operating in your area by searching online for community transport.

Alternative transport options

In addition to the community and voluntary transport schemes above, there are the following alternative transport options.

Locallink buses

Locallink services provide direct links from residential areas to shops, health centres, leisure facilities and community centres. They are particularly suited to the needs of the elderly and disabled people.

The small size of these buses means that they can access smaller streets and provide a service to communities which would otherwise be isolated from the transport network.

Some of the services have 'demand responsive' areas around their normal route. If you live in one of these areas you can call the free phone booking line and arrange for the bus to pick you up close to your home.

For more information on these services and to download the timetables, visit the Locallink Bus pages on Nottingham City Council's website.

Accessible taxis

Many taxi companies now operate wheelchair-accessible taxis. View a list of accessible taxi firms, by district.


Shopmobility is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to enable them to access facilities such as shopping centres.

Shopmobility is for anyone, young or old, with a temporary or permanent disability. You do not need to be registered disabled to use it.

To find out more about Shobmobility, including where your local Shopmobility schemes are, visit the National Federation of Shopmobility website.

Car clubs

A car club is a membership scheme that offers pay-as-you-go car rental. As a member of the car club you can book a car online or by phone. Cars are located in dedicated parking bays and can be unlocked using a smart card. At the end of your journey you return the car to its parking space.

For more information visit the Car Clubs website.

Can't find suitable transport?

If you can't find suitable transport using the schemes above or by searching for community transport, you can contact us for advice:

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