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  • Northside East

Local car service is wheeled out to public

Monday, 23rd December, 2019 1:00pm
Local car service is wheeled out to public

A Community Car service has been launched in Skerries.

Local car service is wheeled out to public

A Community Car service has been launched in Skerries.

FINGAL County Council, in partnership with Local Link and GoCar, have launched the a pilot community car service.

The ‘Community Car’ service, launched on South Strand, Skerries, is the first of its kind to be implemented by a local authority in Ireland.

It is now operational in the Howth and Skerries areas.

Two electric vehicles have been provided for this pilot initiative which recognises the council’s commitment to Climate Change Action.

Since its inception, there has been a very positive uptake from volunteer drivers in both Skerries and Howth who are happy to give up their time to help those in need in their communities.

Local community travel is a lifeline for many people who do not drive, allowing them to get out and about, access local amenities and stay part of the local community.

This very often isn’t an option for those who live rurally or have no local bus service available to them or declining mobility may be preventing them from using public transport. This new service will be invaluable in meeting their needs and helping combat social exclusion.

The Rural Transport Programmes mission statement is: “To provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs” and key priorities continue to include addressing rural social exclusion and the integration of rural transport services with other public transport services.

The service also aims to assist those with mobility issues in attending hospital or health appointments and also social activities.

Louise Edmonds, Programme Manager for Fingal Age Friendly, said: “Age Friendly Fingal are delighted to work with Skerries Age Friendly Town committee in addressing some of the transportation needs of people in their area.”

Miriam McKenna, from Local Link, and Colm Brady, managing director of Europcar Mobility Group Ireland, said they were very excited to be involved in the initiative.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said the service will be invaluable to local residents with mobility issues and is a real positive step forward by the council in partnership with Local Link and Go Car.  

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