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, or because
  • 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, Mid Durham, Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland & Shildon, East Durham Rural Corridor and 3-Towns Partnership (Crook, Willington, and Tow Law) 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 preference)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) - this includes:
    • Helmet
    • Armoured jacket
    • Over-trousers
    • Gloves
    • Lock
    • High-visibility vest
  • Moped insurance (but not personal injury cover)
  • Breakdown and recovery
  • Servicing 

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 students and apprentices

There are no other charges, unless you cause damage to the scooter, either intentionally or otherwise.

Other key facts

Minimum duration of hire 6 months (or 12 week minimum commitment depending on circumstances)
Maximum duration of hire 26 weeks (a short extension may be available depending on the bike availability) 
Option to purchase after hire period Yes (conditions appy)

How to apply

When you apply, we need to:

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

This can take up to two weeks but is often much quicker.  Applicants are also required to pay a 4 week up-front hire fee before starting their scooter loan - help may be available with this from Durham Works or the Job Centre Plus, depending on circumstances.  

To apply, please complete a Wheels to Work enquiry form.

For more information about this scheme or an informal chat, please contact Wheels to Work by emailing info@w2wcd.org.uk or by calling 0191 3038442.

Due to funding restrictions, this scheme will close to new applications on 1 December 2018.