CART operates as a project under the auspices of Kilnaleck & District Community Co-op and is one of 37 Rural Transport projects in the Republic of Ireland. The project aims to provide passenger transport services for local people who have a difficulty in accessing essential facilities and services due to the lack or absence of either public or private transport.
CART has implemented a Safety Management System which is required by Pobal (our funders) and to this aim we are worked very closely with Stredia Ltd. to put an effective system in place. This system is to an OHSAS 18001(Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) standard, we are not required to be certified to OHSAS 18001 but we maintain our records to that standard.
The "Safety Management System" is being used by CART and its Operators. These Operators are contracted Private Passenger Transport providers.
The Safety Management System is being used to ensure that drivers and vehicle are working to the highest standard of both Road Safety and Health & Safety standards. The safety management system that CART is using provides guidance and monitors the effective compliance, which far exceed the legal requirements of both Irish and European law.
CART also believes that training of its operators and staff is important to improve the quality of transport provided to the project and the community. The project will ensure that drivers of its services will complete the following training.
* Child Protection Training
* MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme)
* MEEP (Minibus Emergency Evacuation Procedures)
* Fire Extinguisher / Fire Warden
* First Aid incorporating AED and CPR
* Manual Handling
* Drivers CPC
CART commits to operate to this standard by working with Stredia Ltd. to ensure standards do not drop. This will be done by Stredia Ltd. carrying out independent audits of CARTs system and that of the private passenger transport operators contracted by CART to carry out services on its behalf. CART also commits to increasing the accessibility of vehicles used to provide services, by encouraging contracted private passenger operators to purchase and upgrade its stock of vehicles to have increased accessible features such as wheelchair access, stem/auxiliary step, high visibility handrails, CCTV etc.