Community transport in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale

Communicars is a fantastic volunteer transport scheme for elderly and disabled people who have difficulty travelling via public transport.

Communicars operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You can book your journey by calling Communicars dispatch on 01282 412096. Phone lines are open between 9am and 2pm for bookings.

What can I use Communicars for?

These are just a few of the most common reasons for using Communicars:

  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Hospital visits
  • Dental appointments
  • Going to the hairdressers
  • Trips into town
  • Taking you shopping
  • Collecting your pension from the Post Office
  • Travelling to visit friends and family

Communicars is a vital lifeline for many people who would otherwise be unable to get out and about. Isolated people rely on Communicars to transport them around for essential journeys which would be very difficult or prohibitively expensive to do on their own.

At BPRCVS we have a team of volunteer drivers that provide the Communicars service using their own cars. Communicars is available to people living in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. Passengers can travel within a 20 mile radius of their home address.

Unlike other community transport schemes Communicars is a door-to-door service that can transport up to 3 passengers at any given time. The safety of passengers is paramount to Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS. We strictly check all insurance and MOT documents of the driver and their car before we hire them as a volunteer driver. All drivers are also subject to a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check) to further ensure the safety of our passengers. 

Please note: Communicars is a very low cost service specifically designed for and available to those who cannot access public transport. Communicars is not a taxi service. Persons found to be abusing the service and goodwill of the volunteers will be excluded from the service and unable to use it again.



Join the Communicars teamBecome a BPRCVS volunteer driver for Communicars

Volunteer drivers are always welcome at BPRCVS for the Communicars community transport scheme. If you have any free time and your own car why not get in touch and give a little something back to your local community. This is one of the most rewarding volunteering opportunities out there.

Do you enjoy driving and meeting new people? Do you care for your community and its people? Then turn miles into smiles with the gift of a lift and be a star in a Communicar.

Volunteer drivers use their own cars for transporting passengers. All trips have a maximum limit of a 20 mile radius from the passenger’s address. Typically if you live in Burnley you will serve Burnley, if you live in the Pendle region you will serve Pendle and Rossendale will be served by drivers living in Rossendale. Exceptions may apply and the coordinators will discuss this in greater detail with you when you enquire.

Expenses are reimbursed so it doesn’t cost you a penny. All it costs is a little of your time.

To discuss becoming a Communicar volunteer driver please call Sue on 01282 412096 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will happily talk you through it and answer any questions you may have.


Here's what some of our customers have to say

Mrs J Cormack - Communicars Customer - Bacup, Rossendale

“I have been using Communicars for over 10 years. I don’t drive and started using the service in order to be able to visit my husband. I also use Communicars for shopping and visiting friends. Communicars is an excellent community car service that has made a huge difference in my life. Without Communicars I would have to rely on taxis. The volunteer drivers are very helpful and help bring my shopping in. The Communicars booking process is very easy and staff are very helpful.  The pricing is more than fair – I often feel I should give more than what is asked for. I have recommended Communicars to family and friends and happily do so whenever the opportunity arises.”

Mrs. R. Bryce – Communicars Customer – Burnley

“Communicars is an absolutely wonderful service. I recommend it to everyone who I feel can benefit from the service. Each and every driver I have met so far has been wonderful. I love the chats with the drivers and look forward to them every week. The drivers do make me laugh and are very helpful. Using Communicars means that I can go shopping and get home with my shopping because I can no longer manage my bags on a bus at my age. Communicars has opened up my shopping world. The booking process is very easy and the staff are very friendly and helpful.”

F. Greenhalgh – Communicars Customer – Burnley

“I’ve been using the service for the past 8 or 9 years. I’m nearly blind & struggle to cross the road to get to the bus safely. The drivers are very friendly and offer assistance if I need it. The booking process is easy & very reliable. Communicars has opened the doors to a lot of places for me.”

M. Tregay – Communicars Customer – Burnley

“I think the service is marvellous. I don’t think I could do without it. The drivers are very, very helpful and friendly.”

Mrs. Betty Slater – Communicars Customer – Pendle

“Communicars is the best thing that has happened to me. It has been a lifesaver. I don’t know what I would do without the service. I cannot thank the wonderful drivers enough. The service has helped with my depression as I was always stressed about struggling to travel before Communicars came into my life.”


Here's what some of our volunteer drivers have to say

Maurice Lomax - Communicars Volunteer Driver - Bacup, Rossendale

“I have been a Communicars driver for about 10 years now. I moved with my wife to Bacup from down south upon retirement. Sadly just 8 months after moving to Bacup my wife passed away. Becoming a volunteer driver for Communicars gave me a purpose. Being new to Bacup at the time the passengers helped me to get to know the surrounding area. I give my time, passengers give me an education. I drive great people and enjoy the varied conversations with passengers. I consistently get fantastic feedback from passengers about how much they love and appreciate the Communicars service.”