Scooter loans in Durham

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Who can apply

You may be able to apply for a scooter loan from Go Smarter if you live in eligible areas of County Durham* and you are struggling to get to work or training because:

  • of limited public transport
  • you don’t have access to a car and there’s no opportunity to car share
  • you are working unsociable hours
  • you have a complex journey that would require a lot of changes on public transport

You must be aged 16 years or older.

You’ll need to show us your valid UK driving licence or a provisional licence when you apply.

*The eligible areas of County Durham are Chester-le-Street, Stanley and the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership areas.

Find out more about the eligibility conditions for this scheme.

What you will get

  • Personal travel plan
  • Compulsory basic training (CBT)
  • CBT Plus - additional safety training on the scooter you will hire
  • A 50cc or 125cc scooter (depending on your age and the type of driver's licence you hold)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) - this includes:
    • Helmet
    • Armoured jacket
    • Over-trousers
    • Gloves
    • Lock

You must tell us about any damage caused to the scooter.

What you will pay

  • £25 per week for 50cc
  • £30 per week for 125cc
  • £5 per week reduction for low earners (below minimum wage)

There are no other charges, unless you cause wilful damage to the scooter.

Other key facts

Minimum duration of hire 6 weeks
Maximum duration of hire 26 weeks
Option to purchase after hire period Yes (with the help of a credit union loan)

How to apply

When you apply, we need to:

  • Check your eligibility for the scheme
  • Check your employment status with Jobcentre Plus and your new employer, training or employment agency
  • Check your driver's licence
  • Arrange the basic training sessions

This can take up to two weeks.

To apply, please complete a Wheels to Work application.

For more information about this scheme, please contact Wheels to Work.

Due to funding restrictions, this scheme will close to new applications on 1 December 2017.