New scooters for Wheels to Work scheme

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A SCOOTER loan scheme designed to help people in rural areas get to work or college is benefiting from some new additions.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s employment and skills team has recently launched its Wheels to Work Yamaha Vity 125 scooter range to help people in the East Riding travel to jobs, training or further education.

To be eligible for the scheme, people must be working or in training for 16 hours or more per week and not have access to suitable public transport.

The new higher spec 125cc scooters will allow clients to travel longer distances and on more challenging rural routes than the previous fleet.

Costs for the service will vary, but start at £45 per month. The new scooters benefit from low running costs and low emissions.

Councillor Andy Burton, portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration, said: “Wheels to Work is an innovative idea that can make a difference for someone when it comes to a job or other related opportunity and I would encourage those in rural areas with transport problems to investigate the scheme.

“We need to do all we can to support people, particularly young people seeking employment, in these difficult economic times.”

Sara Arnold, employment and skills manager, added: “Our service is all about getting people to the front of the job queue and boosting their chances of finding work.

“If that means helping people with their transport problems to get to work, that’s exactly what we’ll do.”