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Moped Loan Scheme

Moped Loan Scheme 'Wheels 2 Work'

A scheme which provide affordable transport to individuals who are unable to access public or private transport for employment, and in some cases training and/or education. Mostly this is either mopeds or scooters but some schemes can also offer bicycles or other transport solutions. Typically, a W2W scheme will charge around £20 per week for a moped, but charges differ slightly depending on the organisation.
Limited access to personal and public transport is a labour market barrier commonly cited by young people. W2W aims to break this cycle by loaning individuals their own transport for a short period until a longer-term transport solution can be found.

Wheels 2 Work or Wheels to Learning schemes can be particularly important for people living in isolated rural communities where public transport is inadequate or only available during business hours. A lack of available transport can have a negative effect on opportunities for employment, training and education particularly for young people and those living in rural areas.

Wheels 2 Work clients
  • W2W schemes are generally aimed at unemployed people who have received a firm offer of a job or training placement but who find that they do not have any way of travelling to their place of work.
  • Some schemes have extended eligibility further to include:
  • People who are currently employed but require transport assistance in order to sustain their existing employment.
  • People who require transport assistance in the search for work which could include the loan of power assisted bikes.
  • People wishing to access post-16 education opportunities.
  • The criterion varies slightly from scheme to scheme.

Individuals who have taken part in W2W have commented on how supportive the scheme has been, how it has opened doors that would have previously been closed and how training has enhanced their career prospects.
There are currently 45 W2W schemes operating in the UK that offer the loan or rental of mopeds, small motorcycles, bicycles, subsidised bus travel and in one instance small cars.

The schemes are run by local authorities, charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. All these organisations are run on a not-for-private-profit basis.
A contribution of around £20 - £35 per week is required from the client depending on the type of vehicle. W2W schemes provide compulsory basic training (CBT), insurance, Vehicle Excise Duty, and maintenance of the vehicle. Clients will also receive protective equipment (helmets, gloves and jackets) although in some cases these costs have to be borne by the client.

The loan of the vehicle usually lasts until the person has succeeded in obtaining their own transport - generally around 6 months.

For more details: http://www.wheels2workassociation.org/index.php