Wheels to Work Association launched

New body to bring together and govern UK's W2W schemes

A NEW association representing Wheels to Work schemes across the UK was launched yesterday.

The Wheels to Work Association (W2WA) marked its official launch with its first annual conference, held in London.

Wheels to Work schemes provide transport in the form of mopeds, scooters or bicycles to mostly young people aged 16-25, allowing them to access employment or training, in areas where public transport is not available. The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) says that the schemes 'allow young people to take up motorcycling in a safe and structured way and highlight the benefits in terms of social inclusion that acquiring affordable personal transport allows'.

The W2WA was recently formed following the award of a grant from the Department for Transport to the MCIA. The Association's objectives are to ensure good governance, the sharing of best practice and the development of sustainable formats. 

Steve Kenward, Chairman of the W2WA Board, said: “Helping young people into employment and training is a priority for the government. The Wheels to Work Association is proud to have this facilitating role, as these schemes are proven to work where access to transport is the barrier to taking up opportunities. We look forward to helping and supporting local Wheels to Work schemes in a more structured way and also to continue a dialogue with the government on Wheels to Work related issues”.