Driving the Chairman


The Chairman Wheelchair vehicle

There is a short training session for our new drivers, and anyone wishing to help transport
people for CHAIN, including families who want to take an elderly relative out for the afternoon etc. This session is usually conducted by our Health & Safety person, and there is no charge to you.

You have to be over 25 years old and have a full licence to drive this vehicle.
Our new vehicle is a FIAT DOBLO Easy Multijet MPV.1.6 Diesel, Automatic, modified by Gowrings of Newbury.

The training is very simple and runs through the use of the ramp, winch, electrics and safety straps etc for the wheelchair. We also check over the various safety points on the vehicle, tyres, petrol, oil and water etc.

When we have covered how the vehicle works, we go for a short drive to ensure that you are confident in it's use. This gives us chance to 'shave off any sharp edges' so that your passenger enjoys a good, safe and comfortable journey. The wheelchair passenger sat up high, is more affected by 'cornering and braking' motions, especially as this is probably one of the rare occasions that they get out of doors, so the speed is far more exaggerated to them.

If you are undertaking this assessment as a CHAIN driver then we sign off the assement form, which is held on file back at the office.