Public transport is great when it works. The only snag is that buses and trains frequently don’t go from close to where you live, to close to where you work.
And what happens if you work early or late shifts? There’s a very strong chance that your options are either very limited….or zilch. Too early….too late. Public transport doesn’t run at the times you need.
And not everyone has the option of using a car or getting a lift.
This is why Pulman SEAT, the region’s leading SEAT dealer, is teaming up with Wheels 2 Work.
Wheels 2 Work is a moped-loan and bicycle scheme which helps residents of County Durham to sustain or access employment, apprenticeships or further education that would otherwise be difficult due to public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.
So why Pulman SEAT? Simple. Pulman SEAT is the region’s supplier of the SEAT MÓ 125 electric scooter and they’re supplying Wheels 2 Work with 16 of these eco-friendly, super-efficient scooters to enable people to get from A-to-B without having to go via X, Y and Z.
Liam Weatherill, Project Manager Wheels 2 Work “As a North-East charity we are proud be partnered by Pulman Group, our Fleet Sponsor. Our transport loan scheme is often the missing piece of the jigsaw for people looking to find a pathway out of poverty by securing employment. Working directly with Pulman SEAT and our other supporters including Believe Housing, Bernicia Homes and Durham County Council, enables us to provide zero-emission transport, using what we consider to be the best electric scooter on the market, the SEAT MÓ.”
In the case of Christopher Pounder, he wouldn’t have been able to get his new job at all.
“I live in Crook and managed to secure a new job, but the job was on the far side of Durham,” said Chris. “Sometimes I need to start work at 5.30am and on other occasions my shifts don’t end until 10.30pm, which meant I was relying on my wife to drop me off or collect me because buses didn’t run at the times I needed them to. It was really difficult. Thankfully I applied to the scheme and was accepted.
I love it. The bike is really efficient and cheap to run and I’m also provided with a helmet, jacket, gloves, high visibility vest and lock free of charge. To be honest, without the SEAT MÓ from Pulman and the Wheels 2 Work scheme, I wouldn’t be able to do my job.”
Costs are kept to a minimum with the SEAT MÓ electric scooter and the Wheels 2 Work scheme. Latest figures show that the scooters only cost around £1 to fully recharge the battery. The scooter will then manage around 87 miles (based on WLTP) before you need to charge it again. Charging is simple because the battery easily lifts out, allowing you take it into your home, or your place of work if they’re okay with that, and plug it into the mains using a standard 3-pin domestic plug. The scheme also covers insurance, MOT, recovery, servicing and CBT (Compulsory Basis training) if your current licence isn’t applicable.
“We are delighted to provide SEAT MÓs for this fantastic initiative”, said Chris Slater, Commercial Director for Pulman Group. “When Wheels 2 Work approached us to provide an e-scooter for their scheme, the fully electric SEAT MÓ was the perfect solution. With a generous range of up to 87 miles, it’s ideal for a daily commute. The benefits are two-fold; converting the Wheels 2 Work’s fleet from petrol to zero emissions full electric vehicles and helping those residents who would not be able to take up employment, due to time or transport challenges, by providing them with a means to get to work.
This partnership is a great example of local businesses and the council coming together to support a charity that is making a real difference in their community. We are extremely proud to be part of this scheme and delivering a fantastic customer experience.”
if you‘re interested in the SEAT MÓ then go to Pulman’s dedicated website www.pulmanseatmo.co.uk , and for more details on the support Wheels 2 Work County Durham are providing to County Durham residents, or businesses who can support his charity, please visit log onto www.w2wcd.org.uk