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Car failed mot/can''t get kids to school?! Help

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14 Apr 12 #323751 by homegal
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After court during the hols, it''s my turn monday to take my 2 children to school 8 miles away but my car has just failed my mot & won''t be ready until Weds. I was given contact Mon/Tues, Ex Weds/Thurs.... I''ve asked him to swop until I get the car fixed but he said no. I have no-one to ask to drive 8 miles+ to get them to school? How will this be looked upon by the court or indeen the government that I can''t get them there?
To give some background I went to court to move the childrens school to my new town (8 miles from ex) and was refused, I will appeal as it''s ridiculous but freakily this has happenetd with my car through no fault of my own and does prove how the schooling staying near my ex is quite unworkable. I know he prob thinks i''ve set it up but I have the garage paperwork and believe me sat & cried when told it was £500 to fix, having just come out of court too. I''m really worried about just being at home unable to get kids to school, any one with similar having happened who can advise?
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14 Apr 12 #323753 by WhiteRose
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Hi Homegal,

I live in a City with a fairly good network of public transport, but I know its not the same for everyone - is this a consideration for you?

What about asking a favour from one of the kids friends parents, with a promise to return a favour for them?

How much would a cab be? Maybe you could call a local taxi firm and negotiate a deal/discount for all 3 days?

WR

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14 Apr 12 #323758 by homegal
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Hi WR

Unfortunately i''m outta the city & there is no buses at all towards that way. I''m absolutely skint, as have never had any maint, the car bill is a major set back, I do struggle on my own as ex doesn''t help me. I guess if I have to the taxi thing seems the only way but would estimate £20 x 3 - do you think the court/government would find this reasonable to have to do??
I havn''t been able to get anyone to help, Mum would usually but is ill and as i''ve just moved I don''t know anyone here yet that could.
Thanks again, I appreciate your time, this site really helps so much, you feel less alone.
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15 Apr 12 #323799 by Mitchum
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This is a dilemma for you. If you can''t afford a taxi and there are no buses it seems you have to keep the children at home. I would investigate all possibilities and if no joy then call the school on Monday and explain the difficulty. They may have a suggestion for getting around it. Maybe a taxi the first day and school may know a parent who would pick them up for you the other days. Worth asking.

Are you insured to drive your Mum''s car, if indeed she would allow you to use it?

White Rose''s suggestion of a local taxi firm possibly giving you a discount for three days is a good idea and might just work as they often do school runs. Worth asking a few tomorrow.

Hope you get something sorted out. xx

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15 Apr 12 #323805 by redwine47
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I don''t understand why they cannot attend a school nearby . Who said that their school cannot be changed? If lyou are dropping off and collecting that is approx 2x16 mile return journeys per day expensive re petrol prices ? I definitely wld appeal re costs especially.

In the meantime surrely there must be some sort of public transport from the nearest. bus/train station. You cld walk or taxi to nearest station.

If not I would definitely recommend other posters suggestions eg taxi special rate request or borrowing mums car. Do contact the school also they may be able to suggest alternatives eg Another parent maybe.

This happened to me recently although child does get the bus he still has 3 mile journeys to the bus stop. got child taxi to nearest stop expensive but had to be done. It is. still cheaper for him to get the bus than me driving though. 18 mile return trip.


I hope you get sorted because this may happen again eg if u were ill or working. etc.

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15 Apr 12 #323809 by homegal
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Hi Thanks so much for caring to reply, i''m very very grateful. I lived in a village and my ex moved opposite me & made things v.diff, so I''ve moved 8 miles away to stay close enough for them to travel between us. He said I couldn''t change sch''s (Y5 & Y7), and the magistrate agreed with him and said I couldn''t. I sat & cried in the court and the magistrate came back, sat with me & told me to appeal. I am going to do this but am so surprised at the decision that I cannot risk self-repping again so will have to take a solicitor & as I have equity in the house I cannot get l.aid. They also gave him shared residence and a 50/50 split of nights, he has said he wants half my beneifts now. He doesn''t give me any maint, I buy most things kiddies need and he doesn''t do much with them. I work two jobs and because he made life in our village so hard for me I moved and whilst I was 8 miles closer to my work & my family for childcare, I am now worse off with this journey back to where I used to live, the on 15 miles to work. It''s quite rural and there really arn''t any buses back to my village so I guess the taxi is the only thing as I have to get myself to work too. I am really really fed up and have sat questioning myself how people can be so unreasonable. x

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19 Apr 12 #325171 by redwine47
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Hope you got sorted re ur transport..

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