Community vehicle

As a community service, to provide residents with practical, aged or disability and emergency transport and to reduce the necessity to operate private vehicles, thus lessening traffic and minimising further wear and tear of island roads.

How it works

  • Volunteers give their time for 24 hours when on duty and therefore, it is not a taxi service.
  • Vehicle is available to transport residents with packaged light articles, luggage and/or visitors.
  • Maximum of 4 passengers inside the vehicle is permitted.
  • Animals may only be carried in the rear utility compartment.
  • Securely packaged garbage may only be carried in the rear utility compartment.

Hours of operation

  • The vehicle operates between 09:00am – 09:00pm.
  • Drivers ask that users show consideration by giving adequate prior notice of transportation needs, as well as confirm their arrival at Church Point, so they can deliver the service required.
  • Delays may be experienced where no adequate prior notice is given — particularly after 6:30 p.m. when the driver on duty may be preparing or eating their evening meal.
  • During multiple bookings users may experience a short wait.
  • During wet weather, the service may be suspended due to road conditions.
  • Service will be unavailable during servicing, maintenance or breakdown.

Transport charges

  • Cheques are not accepted and no credit is available — and please, no $50.00 notes!
  • Multiple or two-way trips may be negotiated with the driver on duty.

Emergency services

  • Emergency transportation is provided free of charge.
  • Driver is not trained or qualified in any way — but will assist in transporting ambulance officers, paramedics, police or other such qualified people.

Invalid/Disabled & aged service

  • Service is offered for $9.00 to residents holding a current disability card and those over 75 years of age.
  • Applications should be completed and submitted with proof of concession.
  • The vehicle is not equipped to carry passengers in wheelchairs, but wheelchairs can be transported in the rear utility compartment.

Transportation of goods

  • The purpose of the vehicle is not to transport large furniture, white goods, appliances or building materials, except if small or in small quantities — drivers are not required to lift heavy items.
  • The driver reserves the right to refuse such a request when commercial contractors are available.

Vehicle funding

  • Scotland Island qualifies as a “Remote Village” and is supported by an annual grant from the N.S.W. Department of Transport to make basic community services available.
  • SIRA leases the vehicle from Pittwater Council, which is responsible for maintenance/servicing.