Scarborough Dial a Ride has taken delivery of a new, fully accessible Renault Master minibus.
The vehicle cost just over £36,000 and was part funded by a grant from North Yorkshire County Council. The remaining money came from the sale of the old bus and Dial A Ride’s own funds which included donations from passengers and local groups. Manager Julie Banks said: “The new minibus is capable of accommodating 11 seated passengers or two passengers travelling in wheelchairs and six seated passengers.
It has low fold-out side steps with hi-vis grab rails to make it easier for passengers to board and alight independently. There is also a rear tail lift to safely accommodate passengers requiring wheelchair access and those who find the steps difficult to manage.”
The new minibus has been named “Millie 2” as the vehicle it replaces was the original “Millie”. That minibus was bought in 2008 and named after one of Dial A Ride’s founder trustees Dorothy Millard-Parnell who died in February 2013. It will be staffed by volunteer drivers and passenger escorts and who all work incredibly hard to help people get out and about. To find out more about Dial A Ride or to volunteer please call (01723) 354434. Julie is pictured with Tim Lawson and the new bus. Picture by Harry Atkinson YRN-150814-162750016