School and Community Vehicle bids

What is the scheme?

 Cheshire West and Chester Council have a number of vehicles which they have agreed will be offered to local communities, including local schools, to benefit residents of the borough.
The vehicles are second hand and may range from small yellow non accessible minibuses to medium sized accessible minibuses (with tail-lifts).
Applicants are invited from September 2015 to detail how they would use the vehicle to benefit local residents.
Joint bids are particularly encouraged where they will offer benefits to young people as well as to adults in the local community.

Who can apply?

From September 2015, initial bids will be invited from local schools, working ideally with other community groups. This initial round offers a unique opportunity for schools to partner with their local communities prior to the opening up of the process more widely in November. An initial evaluation will take place in November 2015.
From November 2015, bids will be invited from communities overall. Schools will still be able to bid during this time but they will then be assessed along side the second evaluation round.

How do I apply?

An application form is attached. Should you have any questions, please contact Transport Commissioning on 01244 973912.

Are there any restrictions on who can drive these vehicles?

Yes, there are restrictions relating to driver licencing and vehicle weights. In addition, applicants need to be aware of the rules surrounding ‘hire and reward’.

Proposed Vehicle Relocation

Application Process
A number of vehicles will be decommissioned in 2015 from the Council’s fleet. Some of these vehicles will be made available to organisations which propose to provide services which benefit the residents of the Borough of Cheshire West and Chester.
The vehicles potentially range from MPV size through to accessible and non-accessible minibuses. 
If you are interested in bidding to take on ownership and operation of one of these vehicles, please complete the questions below. Your application will be assessed and you will be advised of the outcome between November 2015 and February 2016.

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