Scooters to help people find work

Councillor Ian Swithenbank and Ian Dodd with the scooter.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank and Ian Dodd with the scooter.

Residents are being offered the chance to benefit from a scooter loan scheme to help overcome transport difficulties when looking for work.

Northumberland County Council’s Adult Learning Service’s, (NALS) Wheels 2 Work (W2W) team has just handed over the keys to its first successful scooter loan applicant.

Ian Dodd, from Ashington, applied for a scooter loan through the NALS W2W team and the ‘Travel Right’ programme and was handed the keys at Ferguson’s in Blyth.

The Travel Right programme provides advice and assistance to those who may be experiencing transport difficulties that prevent them from taking jobs or training.

There is a fleet of 20 scooters available to loan out to eligible job seekers, for a period of up to six months.

Riders are provided with the necessary training and safety equipment as part of the programme.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for streetcare and environment, said: “By providing a scheme like this, we are improving the quality and variety of jobs, training and education opportunities for people who would have been restricted because of geography.”

Those who qualify for the scheme will pay £30 for a 50cc moped and £35 for a125cc scooter.