Fingal County Council gathered volunteer drivers, local councillors and representatives from partners Local Link and GoCar in Skerries last week to celebrate the relaunch and expansion of ‘Community Car’ service, writes Rose Barrett.
The Community Car service was the first of its kind to be implemented by a local authority in Ireland in 2019, initially serving Howth and Skerries, offering a vital lifeline to older persons and those with mobility limitations. The service offers lifts people with mobility issues so they can make it to essential medical appointments, pharmacy visits and the shops.
Community Car also brings people to religious services, the post office and to social gatherings. The service is a lifeline for those who find it impossible to travel alone or struggle with access to public transport.
The Community Car scheme will be based in Skerries; however, Fingal County Council in partnership with Local Link and GoCar, is now expanding the provision of this service to new areas across the county to also include trips from Donabate, Portrane, Rush and Lusk.
An Electric Vehicle has been provided for this project by Ireland’s leading car sharing brand, GoCar which will have more than 700 car sharing locations nationally, with more than 900 vehicles available to rent by the hour. More vehicles are expected to be added in line with rising public demand.