The Kootenay Carshare is offering hospital workers first dibs on its Nelson fleet during the pandemic. Photo submitted

Kootenay Carshare offers transportation to hospital staff

The co-op says medical workers can use their fleet at minimal cost

Submitted by Kootenay Carshare

In an effort to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and keep their vehicles rolling, Kootenay Carshare Co-operative is opening its fleet to any hospital workers that might need an alternative transportation solution.

Any and all hospital staff may request a vehicle that will be dedicated to them from two weeks to two months at a minimal cost. Requests can be made through the online contact form at carsharecoop.ca.

“We would only be looking to recover our very basic costs of insurance and fuel,” says Colleen Doyle, executive director. “The cost will vary depending on the vehicle but would range from $150 to $300 per month plus fuel. We have experienced amazing support from our members and want to return the generosity.”

During the last two weeks they have received support from several of their members. Patrick Goldik of Tudor Lock and Key made keys for a vehicle for free, their newly hired co-ordinator in Revelstoke offered to work as a volunteer and a new member in Nelson has stepped up to do vehicle cleaning and disinfecting.

They have also instructed members to disinfect high touch areas before and after use. Full members are also permitted to book for extended periods at a reduced rate to reduce the spread of the virus.

“Typically, we have Nelson Cares Custom Fit program clean the vehicles each month but since they are part of the vulnerable population, they are no longer able to offer their services,” says Alex Thumm, board chair. “We are also working with the City of Nelson to offer our vehicles for emergency transport if needed.”

The Nelson branch has 17 vehicles that are mostly sitting idle as members take heed of travel advisories and only do trips to the grocery store and other essential travel. Anyone can still sign up to be a member through the carshare’s online form. They offer two membership types.

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