Our picture above show some of the residents who benefit from the transport supplied by the centre along with Cllr’s D Houseman and Josie Branson, Kathleen and Brian Summerfield.
On Friday 16th November the Syston Volunteer Centre was a hive of excitement as they showed off their new mini bus which has been purchased with the help of funding by County Councillor David Houseman. The benefit of the new minibus is that anyone who holds a full driving licence can drive it, as the driver has to hold a B1 on their licence, which applies to everyone. This is in contrast to the older mini buses that the centre owns which require drivers to hold a D1 on their licence. Incredibly the Licensing body, DVLA, have a new policy of removing this from people’s licence without notification, so if a woman marries and changes her name then the new licence will not include the D1, likewise if anyone moves house and as is required by law, informs DVLA of the change of address, again if they held a D1 this will be removed. So anyone who has done this needs to check their licence in case they are driving vehicles that they are no longer eligible to do, for example motor homes.
However, as Kathleen Summerfield Manager of the centre explained, the new lighter mini bus doesn’t need the D1 classification which enables more drivers to use the minibus, which is very useful for the Centre. It also has been fitted with a wheelchair lift at the rear making it very easy to get individuals on board.
Kathleen thanked Councillor David Houseman for his unstinting support of the centre and all the work they do in the area. In turn Councillor David Houseman said how much he admired her tenacity and devotion to the volunteers in Syston and thanked her and her husband Brian for all the hard work they do for the Centre.
Our picture below shows, Left to right: Brian Summerfeild, Mr Boulter trying the wheelchair lift, Councillor David Houseman and Kathleen Summerfield.