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As a community service, to provide residents with practical, aged or disability and emergency transport and to reduce the necessity for private vehicles on the island, thus lessening traffic and minimising further wear and tear of island roads.
How it works
- Volunteers give their time for a 24-hour duty period, so it is not a taxi service.
- The vehicle holds a maximum of 4 passengers – shopping, light goods, luggage must be carried in rear utility.
- Animals may only be carried in the rear utility.
- Securely packaged garbage may only be carried in the rear utility.
- During wet weather the service may be suspended due to road conditions.
- $12 per trip paid at time of use
- $ 7 per trip concession upon application and approval
- Cheques are not accepted and no credit is available – please, no $50 notes!
Regular service hours are from 9 am to 7 pm, 7 days per week.
- Advance notice of bookings is required and must be a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Bookings between 7 pm and 9 pm require 2 hours advance notice (by 5 pm).
‘Shoulder period’ service hours are from 8 am to 9 am and 7 pm to 10 pm, 7 days per week
- Bookings between 8 am and 9 am must be requested the previous day by 7 pm.
- Bookings between 7 pm and 10 pm must be requested by 5 pm and are subject to driver availability.
- A flat charge of $20 – no concessions – applies for all trips made between 9 pm and 10 pm.
- No bookings will be taken after 7 pm.
Check availability before shopping as vehicle may be out of service for some reason.
Please contribute to the efficiency of the service by using the booking procedures.
24-hour emergency transport is free of charge to residents and/or emergency personnel.
Invalid/ disabled & aged service
- Service is offered at $7 to residents with current disability card and over 75 years of age.
- Application form must be completed and submitted with proof of concession (available from driver).
- Wheelchairs can be transported in the rear utility compartment.
Transportation of goods
The vehicle does not carry furniture, whitegoods, building materials, etc. unless small in size and quantity. The driver is not required to lift heavy items and reserves the right to refuse to carry such goods and materials and may refer you to an island commercial carrier.
Scotland Island is supported by an annual grant from the NSW Department of Transport as a ‘remote village’ area and SIRA leases the vehicle from Pittwater Council.
To read the charter of the Community Vehicle Service Group click here.