What is community transport
Community transport is a general term covering a range of providers. It provides not for profit transport services usually meeting the needs of a community not met by other providers.
In Northern Ireland there are many small community transport providers including community groups, churches, scout groups etc.. There are also two Government funded services provided by community transport.
Disability Action Transport Services or DATS
DATS is a service that provides transport for disabled people in large towns in Northern Ireland with a population of more than 10,000.
The service is run by Disability Action with the support of Rural Community Transport Partnerships (see below) in some areas and Bridge Accessible Transport in Derry/Londonderry.
For more information on DATS visit the Disability Action website.
Rural Community Transport Partnerships
There are 11 Rural Community Transport Partnerships in Northern Ireland providing a range of services to rural communities, smaller towns and villages. Services include providing transport to groups and to individuals through a service called Dial-a-Lift. Dial-a-Lift provides a local door to door transport service for disabled people and others.
For details of all the Rural Community Transport Partnerships and how to contact them visit the NI Direct website.