A scheme to help get jobseekers to their workplace by loaning them a scooter has helped more than 100 people, according to Nottinghamshire County Council.
Under the venture, called Wheels to Work, the council provides a moped for six months to help people who have no other way of getting to and from their place of work or training.The scheme costs £15 per week and covers the loan of the bike, tax and insurance and protective clothing and a helmet. Increased council funding has meant the scheme has recently expanded its fleet up to 40 mopeds. It operates out of bases at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Bingham and Retford and is run by Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN).
– Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council
The County Council has been supporting Wheels to Work for many years. It is a fantastic scheme and we know that without it, lots of people would have their chances of finding a job severely restricted
Rob Turner, 27, of Annesley, Notts, was unemployed but has just started work as a van loader at the new ASDA Home Shopping Centre in Bulwell. He starts work at 4.30am, so without the moped he is borrowing from the Wheels to Work scheme, the only way he would have of making the 14-mile round trip to work was on foot or bicycle.
– Rob Turner, Wheels to Work user
I'm really pleased to have got the job with ASDA but without the help from Wheels to Work I would probably still be unemployed and on benefits. Walking or cycling seven miles before and after work would have been very tough.