Occasional Drivers required

We have a requirement for occasional drivers to undertake work in Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Part of the role may include driving vulnerable individuals so previous experience in this area is advantageous but is not prerequisite.

It is essential that applicants hold the following: – Continue reading

Advisory Board Members sought

advisoryboardAdvisory Board members are being sought by EAST Community Transport to reflect the changing face of our organisation.

This is an exciting time for us as we bring our plans to reestablish Community Transport in Newham to fruition after several years without such provision in the borough. Continue reading

Preparing for the new academic year

schools-outJust when you thought that you could put up your feet for the school summer recess!

Now is the ideal time to start planning your transport needs for the coming academic year. A significant amount of our resources are dedicated to providing a range of transport solutions to a range of academic institutions and for children of all ages. Be it transport to sports and other events to transport for those with special needs we have a range of vehicles and trained staff who can help you to fulfil your transport needs.

As ever, resources are limited so give us a call or email us at info@eastcommunitytransport.co.uk – then you can put your feet up.

London Taxicard – Use it or Lose it

taxiWe’ve become aware of a process of rationalisation of the London Taxicard database. In essence, in order to ensure that the database of users is maintained up-to-date, if an existing user doesn’t use the Taxicard for a period of two years then they are removed from the table of eligible Taxicard holders.

We are advised that individuals may reapply and will get the facility restored if they remain eligible. We’ve downloaded the Frequently Asked Questions document from London Councils so you may find out more. In essence, though, if you don’t use it from time to time then you will lose it.

Get the licence right. Get the standard right.

MinibusMadnessIf I passed my driving test at the fifth attempt three years ago but haven’t driven more than 20 miles per week since and I told you that today I’d be taking sixteen children (including yours) from London to Loch Ness tomorrow in a Minibus Lite that I had never seen then how happy would you be?

Whether driving a Minibus Lite on a B licence on a “full fat” minibus on a D1 licence given to the driver in 1984 you can quite legally be responsible for up to sixteen passengers in a vehicle in which you have absolutely no driving experience. This is a topic which continues hotly to be debated and crops up regularly in our discussions with clients. Continue reading

Le Tour pour le jour – 7th July traffic disruption

tour-de-franceJuly 7th will be a big day for East London and it will probably be a slow day for many. Le Tour de France juggernaut will be travelling through east London and many roads will be closed all day.

Le Tour is routed through Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets and both the roads which are the route of le Tour and surrounding roads will be closed not only whilst the bikes roar silently through but also for most of le jour (the day). Continue reading

Professional driving is all about safe driving

no-entryWhatever you drive and wherever you drive you know that you should always place one thing higher than anything else; SAFETY!

It matters not whether you are just taking your first steps in driving (in a car or on a small motorcycle); whether you are studying to take professional driving qualifications to drive a bus or a lorry or whether you just want to do a quick refresher to remind you of anything you might have forgotten since last you put your copy of the Highway Code safely into a drawer, never to see the light of day again. The fact is that the driving theory test can ask you any of more than 3,000 questions! Continue reading

Make the most of the good weather with our Spring and Summer Specials

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You live in the finest city in the world, surrounded by fascinating attractions in arts, leisure and pure fun. Why not organise a trip to the coast; to the theatre; to a theme park or to an historical town?

 We have special offers which would allow you and a party of up to 15 friends (16 friends if you self-drive) or colleagues to get out and about for the day or the evening for as little as £5.88 each. That’s real value for money and a great deal of “bang” for your “buck”. Continue reading

Driving with an incorrect licence amounts to driving without a licence. Are you legal?

It could all end in tears!

With the rapid expansion of Academies and Free Schools and with the increased use of minibuses for different purposes you need to be certain that your drivers as well as your vehicles are fully road legal.

Your vehicle may be taxed. You may think that you are insured but its best to check because it’s easy to get this wrong. The purpose of the journey and other factors come into play. If there is an infringement then the driver may be driving without a valid driving licence and the vehicle may be on the road uninsured. You could end up stranded and your vehicle could be impounded so it’s best to check that you are legal before you take out the minibus. Continue reading