Wheelchair taxis, or disabled taxis, can be booked by people who need a specially adapted car to safely and comfortably get in and out of a vehicle.
At Good Oaks, we have our own Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle that our clients have complimentary use of.
As part of every care package, our clients have free use of our Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, driven by Jane, our Community Driver. We just charge mileage to cover our petrol costs.
Our free service for our care clients can do everything disabled taxis in Bournemouth and Poole can do, as well as being able to help people get ready to go out and accompany them at their destination.
Our clients use our Supported Travel Service to visit friends, go to medical appointments, shopping, or simply going down to the beach for a walk or with a packed lunch.
Good Oaks’ car is a wheelchair accessible vehicle, which means it has a ramp which comes down from the back door, allowing easy access. There is a seat next to where the wheelchair rests for any other companions or carers, as well as the passenger seat in the front. All our Drivers are fully trained to use the ex-wheelchair accessible taxi, which includes how to safely secure the wheelchair once it is in situ.
This service is solely provided as a complimentary part of our care clients’ care package, unfortunately we aren’t able to provide this service to members of the public.
Wheelchair Taxis in Bournemouth
Bournemouth Council provides a list of all wheelchair taxis registered with them, here.
However, if you are looking for a homecare provider that also provides wheelchair taxi style services, please get in touch with us today.
Disabled Taxi Alternatives
One common problem with disabled taxis is that people who require the use of one can prefer or need some extra help while out and about, either helping with mobility, companionship or just having a reassuring, friendly face around. Disabled taxis which just drop people off outside the hospital or shop can’t provide that.
Alternatives to Disabled Taxis are thin on the ground unfortunately – buses are often able to provide space for wheelchairs, as can trains. It’s worth researching arrangements before making your journey.
If you receive home care you can also ask your provider to see if they can help, or signpost you in the right direction.
Helpful Disabled Taxi Links
Statutory guidance about wheelchair accessible taxis can be found here.
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