In 2015, the Tavistock and District Ring & Ride was twenty-five years old! The service started on the 11th June 1990, operating on just two days a week, bringing elderly and disabled passengers from outlying villages into Tavistock for shopping and to access community services. At first, it used a minibus owned by Tavistock and District Age Concern (now TASS) but the service proved so popular, it was soon operating on four days a week using a second bus borrowed from Okehampton. With passenger numbers continuing to grow, the Ring & Ride was presented with its own dedicated vehicle in June 1991 which then operated on five days a week. As the popularity of the service continued to increase, a second minibus was added in 1997.
The service was originally provided for the elderly and disabled who did not have access to public transport or found using it difficult but this has now been expanded to include the rurally isolated.
The Ring & Ride is accessed by a passenger ringing the co-ordinator on 618028 and requesting a journey. The co-ordinator will advise the passenger on which day the service operates in their area, and what time they will be collected.
Today, the Ring & Ride service operates five days a week, from an Office at 65 West Street. It uses two dedicated minibuses to cover Tavistock and the surrounding villages.
It is funded by DCC, WDBC, Tavistock TC, and contributions are also received from some Parish Councils. Also of note are the many personal donations and bequests that have been made by grateful passengers.