Wheels to work scheme extended

By Farnham Herald in Community News

EAST Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has agreed continued funding of £16,500 toward the ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme which makes 10 mopeds available to help people get to work.

Wheels to Work was set up by Hampshire County Council to help people with limited access to public or private transport by loaning them a moped at a nominal weekly charge.

The scheme has been available across East Hampshire since 2009, enabling people to get to job interviews, vocational training or employment opportunities.

For £17 to £20 per week, depending on the age and type of moped, users of the scheme can hire transport which is fully taxed and insured, with full breakdown and service cover.

Hirers will also be provided with safety equipment such as a helmet, gloves and a high-visibility vest.

Compulsory basic training is also covered in the cost.

The mopeds can be loaned for six to 12 months by anyone aged 16 and above, and the scheme assists hirers in making sure they have continued transport arrangements in place once the loan period has ended.

A 42-year-old user of the scheme from Bordon said: “Since having the moped, I have gone from being casual agency staff to being employed on a full-time contract with the company.

“The moped showed the employer I was committed to working the shift patterns required. Before I received the moped I could only work part-shifts because of the bus times.

“I have now nearly saved up enough money to buy myself a 125cc moped and am returning the Wheels to Work moped to give somebody else the chance of a job. Thank you, Wheels to Work!”

Julie Butler, EHDC’s portfolio holder for customer relations, said: “The Wheels to Work scheme is a lifeline to a lot of people who don’t have access to other transport options. It’s the first step on the ladder to help them get into employment.”

Anyone interested in hiring a moped, or who would like more details about the scheme, should visit 3.hants.gov.uk – search for ‘wheels to work’ – or email mopedloan@cfnf.org.uk

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