Getting out and about

If you need support to get out and about in Newcastle there are a number of schemes that can help. Use the links below to jump to the information you need:

 

Community transport services in Newcastle

Community Transport hire out minibuses with drivers to community groups at reasonable rates. They provide:

  • 16 seater minibuses 
  • accessible minibuses with lifts and wheelchair-friendly interiors.
  • drivers who are trained to the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme standard and first aid trained
  • advice with travel arrangements
  • Hop to the Shops scheme to help older people get to the supermarket

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Motability Scheme

Motability is a charity which provides mobility solutions for disabled people. This includes help to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter.

To be eligible for the Motability scheme you must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

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Nexus TaxiCard Scheme – Accessible Transport

Nexus provide an accessible travel service in Tyne and Wear called TaxiCard. The TaxiCard scheme is for those who have a disability or impairment that means using public transport is difficult.

What is the TaxiCard?

The TaxiCard is a smartcard which is the same size as a credit card. You use it to pay for part of your journeys by taxi.

There are two opportunities each year to join the TaxiCard scheme: in February and August.

How do I register to become a member of the TaxiCard scheme?

You’ll need to complete a TaxiCard application form which are available from the Nexus TaxiCard team. You can also download the TaxiCard application form or collect a form at any of the Nexus Travel Shops.

Am I eligible for a TaxiCard?

You can apply for a TaxiCard if you are

  • registered as severely visually impaired or blind

and/or receive any of the following benefits:

  • high Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • higher Rate Attendance Allowance
  • personal Independence Payment (PIP) – with a minimum ‘Moving Around’ score of 8

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