Posted 30.06.2020

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that Disability Action Transport Services will resume passenger transport activities from 1 July. 

The DATS team is delighted to get our service up and running - for essential journeys. DATS provides transport for disabled people in and around large towns across Northern Ireland.

Read our 10-STEP guidance for passengers 

Minister Mallon said:

I am pleased to announce the resumption of Disability Action Transport Services for essential travel.

I know that Disability Action and all of the Rural Community Transport Partnerships have provided transitioned services during this COVID-19 response period. They have provided invaluable support to many of our most vulnerable citizens and I will continue to support them in doing that as we proceed through this next stage of the Executive’s recovery plan.

I am also mindful that as restrictions on travel are eased there will be a greater demand for travel however, I would ask all those travelling to please continue to be responsible and adhere to the guidance given on essential travel and social distancing.

We all have a personal responsibility to protect the health and well-being of ourselves and others.  The Covid-19 virus is still with us so it is vital we do not become complacent. 

I want to pay tribute to the Community Transport sector for their resilience during this period and hope that this move is another step closer to our recovery from Covid-19 to a new and improved normal.