Community Group Hire Service

Available for community groups and not for profit organisations in Bristol, South Glos, Bath & NE Somerset & North Somerset

Further Information 

Our fully accessible minibuses are available for hire to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset and North Somerset that need an accessible vehicle or provide services to disabled and/or older people.

You can use the Community Group Vehicle Hire service to go anywhere in the UK or for travel to your regular group meetings. We can provide a fully trained driver or you can register your own volunteer driver with us. 

How to join

Please contact us to request an application pack.  Once you have registered your group or organisation with the Community Group Vehicle Hire service, you can hire Social Access vehicles as often as required dependent on vehicle availability.

Essential Designated Driver Requirements

Designated drivers of Social Access vehicles must:

  • Be aged over 25 years (for insurance purposes)
  • Hold a current MiDAS certificate
  • Have held a full, clean driving licence for a minimum of 2 years (licences are checked with the DVLA)
  • Agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions of Hire

Hire Charges

Hire charges are for the cost of hiring the vehicle only and does not include fuel or driver costs.

Our vehicles are configured for one or two wheelchair spaces as standard.  Our largest vehicles can be re-configured at a cost of £5.00 per vehicle to accommodate up to 6 wheelchair spaces.

Vehicles will be provided fully fuelled with mileage charged at 75 pence per mile (60 pence per mile over 200 miles).  A fuel card may be provided at Social Access's discretion for longer journeys.

Duration of Hire Mon-Fri Sat-Sun
Half Day £50 £35
Full Day £65 £40
Evening (from 5pm) £35 £35
Full Day & Evening £95 £45
Weekend (from 5pm Fri to 7am Mon) N/A £100

If you do not have a designated Driver and require vehicle hire with a Social Access Driver/Escort, please contact us with your requirements and we will be pleased to provide an estimate for your hire.  

Where possible, we will ask a Volunteer Driver/Escort to assist you with your journey to keep the cost of hire to a minimum, however we cannot guarantee to find a volunteer as it is dependent on their availability for your period of hire. 

For your reassurance, all vehicles are fitted with satellite tracking technology as standard and can be located in the event of a breakdown or emergency by our Transport Team and Vehicle Recovery Services.  Breakdown cover is included in the cost of hire.

Service Category 
Group Transport