Over the years MDI has built up a transport fleet that covers all of the country. The transport service is co-ordinated from Dublin by Mr. Darren Lyons. There are now twelve mini buses in the fleet. This consists of two full time buses dedicated to transporting members to and from clinics, hospital appointments, transport links, social outings and also dropping MDI loan equipment such as hoists or wheelchairs to hotels or members’ residences. These buses are based in Cork and Dublin. On average the Dublin bus will service sixteen transport requests per week, the Cork average is fourteen.
There are three mini buses that are loaned out to various members for short term loan periods to help in difficult situations.MDI also has a minibus based in Limerick and one in Donegal which are loaned out to members with the kind help of local members.
The remainder of the fleet is driven by our Youth / Respite Workers. These five buses are located throughout the country and can be loaned to members when not in use by the YRWs. This is a first come first served agreement and is subject to terms and conditions that are aimed at members’ safety and the integrity of the vehicles. The MDI fleet is a crucial part of the respite camps as it allows transport for members to and from same. Days out and group activities are made possible and a standard of comfort and safety is guaranteed.
MDI sometimes use the services of third party transport providers when our two full time buses are booked out. The standard of service and safety provided by these companies is of the highest order and is constantly monitored by management at MDI.